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Blohm+Voss to refit Oriana and Queen Mary 2

QM2 in an earlier drydocking at B+V
Hamburg–based Blohm+Voss Repair shipyard will undertake refits for both P&O Cruises’ Oriana and Cunard's Queen Mary 2 over the next few weeks.

The Oriana, which was floated in to Dock 11 at the yard on November 16, will be stationed there for four weeks for extensive renovations including provision of a ‘duck tail’ to improve the stabilisation of the hull at sea, equipping with a higher number of cabins and, the conversion of some public rooms into inside and outside cabins. The pool area will also be modernised and upgraded with a new pool bar and lounge areas.

Furthermore, maintenance work also includes the removal and overhaul of the propulsion shafts at the stern, and  the engines, machinery and pipework will be overhauled or renewed respectively as well as the electrical and monitoring systems. Finally, the tank will be emptied, cleaned and inspected, whilst numerous minor steelwork will be performed.

Queen Mary 2 is scheduled to be floated in to dry dock ELBE 17 tomorrow, November 26 and will be stationed there until December 5. Work on the vessel, to be completed on time before the eighth anniversary of the ship in 2012, includes work in all cabins, the Queens and Princess Grill Restaurant, the Golden Lion Pub, the Commodore Club, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, the Sir Samuel's, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the kids club ‘The Zone’ and the toddlers play area ‘The Play Zone’.

In addition to laying of new carpets and the replacement of curtains and bedcovers(see earlier Trimline story), comprehensive maintenance work and inspections as well as inspections by the classification society will be performed.