Cruise Ship Ventura completes two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest

Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) has completed two weeks of maintenance on P&O Cruises Grand-class cruise ship Ventura.

The 290m, 116,000dwt vessel was launched in 2008. This was her first visit to the French yard, where she underwent a regular docking together with a range of maintenance works.

Major features of the maintenance programme included the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers, for which Damen Shiprepair Brest designed, manufactured and installed a sea chest. While the Ventura was in DSBr’s dry dock number 3 – at 420m by 80m, it is the largest of DSBr’s three dry docks – the hull was ultra-high-pressure water blasted and then, along with the superstructure, repainted.

Additional works included maintenance of the propulsion systems and stabilisers, plus other minor repairs. A wide range of subcontractors were used during the two-week period, making logistics around the maintenance programme particularly challenging, according to DSBr.

The Ventura departed DSBr on 26 March with all works completed for her 3,574 passengers and 1,220 crew. She departed Southampton, UK, on 28 March on a 12-day cruise to the Canary Islands and Lisbon, Portugal.

Patrick Renavot, managing director of Damen Shiprepair Brest, said, “This is the first time that we have welcomed a vessel owned by Carnival and we were delighted that the project was a success. All planned work was finished on time and the vessel returned to its busy schedule on schedule.

“As cruise ships expand in terms of both numbers and size, we hope to see our general activity in this sector grow. With two dry docks of 420m and 338m respectively, plus a convenient and easily accessed location for cruise ships entering and leaving the Atlantic, DSBr has much to offer owners and operators looking for yards capable of meeting their specific needs.”

In recent years, the yard has invested in an enhanced black and grey water disposal capability and a new fire and cooling water supply system. The yard also features owners’ storage, laydown areas and temporary workshops for subcontractors, as well as an adjacent container terminal.

- April 2018

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