One of the main jobs being undertaken in the giant Kaiserdock 11 is the installation of a new bulbous bow. 'This will save the owner about five percent on fuel costs', said Lloyd Werft managing director Rüdiger Pallentin.
The Bonn-based shipowner is also sending Amadea for repairs to Lloyd Werft.
The 192.5mtr long ship was built as Asuka in Japan in 1991 for NYK and has flown the Phoenix flag since 2006.
Extensive repair work is scheduled for the vessel in Lloyd Werft’s floating dock from December 4. Stabilisers and crankshaft plant will be overhauled and steel work undertaken as well as painting work on the sub-surface hull.
Along with Albatros, Amadea is due to leave the yard on December 17, prior to a world cruise.
Meanwhile Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch has just left Lloyd Werft after undergoing a nine day conversion. The ship was lengthened at the yard in 1984, when she was called Royal Viking Star. The 28,613gt ship, built at Wärtsilä in Helsinki in 1972, was overhauled ahead of her four month world cruise starting in January 2012. Black Watch left Lloyd Werft last week.
Apart from routine hull cleaning and painting, a highlight of the work was the exchange of a complete davit and lifeboat station. In addition, both articulated stabiliser fins were overhauled ashore and the bow thruster was replaced. Steel work was required in the tanks along with maintenance and repair work in the machinery, electrical engineering and steel sectors.
Marco Polo, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, left the German repairer last weekend after an unplanned visit to inspect her crankshaft plant ahead of her winter cruise season.