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Lloyd Werft wins Arcadia conversion

Lloyd Werft wins Arcadia conversion
Lloyd Werft has landed a major repair and conversion job for P&O Cruises’ Arcadia, due to take place later this year.

The 82,505gt cruise ship will stay in Kaiserdock II, Bremerhaven between November 26 and December 12, 2013 for the installation of a new superstructure on her upper deck adding 23 new balconied cabins and one suite, as well as a sun deck.

The 285.30mtr long ship, completed in 2005 at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard, underwent a similar refurbishment at Lloyd Werft in the winter of 2008 when a 340 ton deck house was installed with the help of a floating crane.

Lloyd Werft will build a new deck house on Deck 10 weighing 75 tons. It will also build the 23 passenger balconied cabins and suite. The conversion will result in passenger capacity rising from 1,952 to 2,000 and the number of cabins from 976 to 1,000. The ship will also get a new 550sq mtr sun deck. Also being installed are additional catering and air-conditioning facilities.

Along with the conversions, the shipyard will also carry out extensive docking and repair work on the eight-year-old ship including blasting and conservation of the underwater hull, repair and conservation of the hull above the water-line, overhaul of bow thrusters and stabilisers and two pod drives and also the overhaul of all seacocks. In addition, all life-saving equipment, boats and davits will be checked.

Lloyd Werft board member Rüdiger Pallentin sais, ‘it is good to know, at a time when things are not always easy for German shipbuilding, not only that our performance is valued by clients placing small repair orders, but also that we can hold our own on the market with bigger conversion projects.'

In the past year, Lloyd Werft has undertaken technical repairs on two other Carnival Corp ships: Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria and AIDA Cruises’ AIDAbella.