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Lloyd Werft tackles annual "Artania" overhaul

Yard’s second contract this year with Phoenix Reisen.

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven is expecting Phoenix Reisen’s 213m long cruise ship "Artania" to arrive in its Kaiserdock II on November 17th for a stay lasting about three weeks. Along with routine class work more than 250 cabins will be overhauled by the owner. The Phoenix Reisen flagship is scheduled to leave the shipyard around December 6, for its next cruise.

"This order suits us well" said yard head Rüdiger Pallentin "and is, to boot, a fine recommendation for the good work we carry out at the Lloyd Werft".

Lloyd Werft, which has been well-booked now for more than two years, says it is looking forward to welcoming the "Artania"

Along with the maintenance and classification work being done by Lloyd Werft, modernisation in the hotel and cabin sectors is being carried out directly by the owners. That work, which includes the Pacific Lounge and Jamaica Club, has been put out to tender by the owners. In addition, carpets, furnishings, wallpapers and many other items are being refurbished and newly designed in more than 200 cabins and public areas. Lloyd Werft is lending logistical support to this work.

Built in 1984 in Helsinki as "Royal Princess" for Princess Cruises and named at that time by Princess Diana, the cruise ship was owned by P&O Cruises between 2005 and 2011 as "Artemis". In April 2011 it was sold to V Ships subsidiary Artania GmbH and has been in charter since then with the German-speaking travel company Phoenix Reisen. Following the acquisition by its new owner the ship underwent a comprehensive conversion lasting four weeks in the spring of 2011 at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven. Five years ago, four new energy-efficient Wärtsilä main engines were installed on the "Artania" as part of a further comprehensive yard stay at Lloyd Werft.

The upcoming new contract will mark the fourth occasion on which Lloyd Werft Project Manager Jochen Mehrtens has been involved with this particular cruise ship. "At peak times, I can see as many as 120 yard employees taking part in this project", he said, "added to them will be a colourful array of local supply companies. For those of our employees who are involved currently in a parallel yacht newbuilding project, this contract will come as a welcome change, because we are, after all, a classic repair and conversion shipyard", explained Mehrtens, himself a marine engineer. "The greatest challenge now will be switching over from the well-organised structure of the newbuilding sector to the extreme flexibility of repair work, because the unexpected happens time and time again during a repair contract. It is my job as project manager to bring structure into tasks that change regularly from one moment to the next so that the contract can be completed for the customer with high quality and within the set time framework".

The 44,588 GT "Artania", which accommodates 1,260 passengers, will initially call at the Columbus Cruise Centre after ending a cruise to the Canaries and western Europe on November 17th. After the passengers and a large part of the crew have left the ship, "Artania" will be towed by tugs to the nearby Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven. During the weeks that follow, the team from Lloyd Werft will, among other things, renew ventilation shafts and hull anodes. Along with steel repairs to the outer hull and tank top plate areas, exhaust pipes will also be renewed, tanks cleaned and outboard fittings and diverse valves overhauled and the electric motors and the pre-heater on the fuel injection plant serviced. The ship will also be washed and conservation undertaken – no mean task considering the area being worked is covers about 10,000 square metres. In addition the yard is responsible for organising the logistics for the conversion of cabins and for further logistical tasks.

The comprehensive work on the "Artania" must be completed by the beginning of December, when the ship is scheduled to begin its first pre-Christmas journey along the English Channel. Filming for the popular German TV series "Mad about the Sea" often takes place on the much-loved cruise ship.

The shipping company Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services and Phoenix Reisen invest in their fleet on a regular basis to ensure that the ships are always at their peak, both technically and from a safety perspective. Just this summer another ship which sails for Phoenix Reisen – the now 46 year old "Albatros" – was drydocked at Lloyd Werft for a week. The 205 metre long cruise ship called at the shipyard on the Lower Weser because of a problem with a bow thruster. During its yard stay, Lloyd Werft also carried out small deck and external hull repairs, renewed shaft sealings, installed a new cooling unit in the vessel’s waste incinerator plant and converted a ballast water tank into a bio-sludge tank on which solid deposits from the waste water treatment plants can be collected. Life-boat davits were also overhauled on the "Albatros" after the life-boats and tenders themselves had been set ashore.

Exhibitor: Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH

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