• 2017 June 26 14:19

    Damen prepares Columbus for summer cruise season

    Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) selects DAMEN Shiprepair Rotterdam to carry out maintenance and repair works on recently purchased cruise ship

    Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of DAMEN Shiprepair & Conversion has completed maintenance and repair works on the newest member of CMV’s fleet, the cruise ship Columbus. The full scope of works was concluded within a tight timescale, thus ensuring that the vessel could sail to the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, UK in time for her naming ceremony and inaugural cruise.

    Several CMV vessels – the Astor, Marco Polo and the Magellan, for example – have made calls at various DAMEN repair yards in the past. The sheer size of the Columbus, however, meant that DSR was the suitable yard of choice in this instance. “Not only is the Columbus 245 metres long, she also has a draught of 8.2 metres,” explains DSR Project Manager Vincent van Rulo. “For such vessel dimensions, the facilities that we have here at DSR are ideal. We feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with CMV’s latest addition to the fleet.”

    The Columbus arrived at the Rotterdam yard on 13 May and departed just over three weeks later on 5 June. With the overall aim of bringing the vessel into line with CMV’s high operational standards, DAMEN carried out a comprehensive scope of maintenance and repair jobs. “After docking, we started straight away with a complete painting programme. This included the application of the company logos and markings of the new owners.”

    Technical aspects included maintenance of the main engines, generators and thrusters as well as polishing of the ship’s propellers. Numerous valves and pipelines of various ship’s systems were maintained and renewed or modified if required. The work also included maintenance of all lifeboats, tenders and davits in addition to cleaning and repair of ship’s tanks.

    “The key part of this contract was that we had a fixed timescale – the Columbus had to be in Tilbury for her naming ceremony and then to receive her first guests on 11 June,” Mr Van Rulo notes. “This called for anticipation and fast reaction to all issues that we came across.” Such issues were diverse in nature; ranging from organising the repair of the ship’s washing machines to the inspection and calibration of the passenger embarkation security and detection systems.

    The complexity of the project was heightened due to the fact that up to 700 crew members were staying on board while the ship was docked at the yard. This substantial team of people was carrying out refitting and refurbishment of the vessel’s accommodation, shops, restaurants and recreational areas. Their work also included handling the final supplies and other preparations for the vessel’s first cruise.

    “While this added to the logistical challenges of the project, we had good communication and organised everything with the ship’s crew so that we all could get the job done within the timeframe,” says Mr Van Rulo.

    Since leaving Rotterdam, the Columbus is currently sailing on her first cruise under the CMV flag. “We are very pleased with this new addition to our fleet – the Columbus has been well received by her first guests and the industry as a whole,” says CMV Chief Executive Officer Christian Verhounig. “And, once again, we are very happy with the work that DAMEN Shiprepair has achieved in such a short space of time.”

    Damen Shipyards Group

    Gorinchem, Netherlands based DAMEN Shipyards Group (established in 1927) is a globally operating company with 35 owned shipyards and numerous partner yards. DAMEN employs over 6,000 people, has built over 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approximately 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. DAMEN specializes in building tugs, workboats, patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, offshore support vessels, oil-spill response vessels, frigates and mega yachts. Besides, DAMEN offers efficient customer support, customer financing and complete lifecycle service.
    In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, DAMEN Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.




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