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Mivan to convert OV Two to Pacific Jewel

Mivan to convert OV Two to Pacific Jewel
Mivan has been awarded the £2m+ refit by P&O Australia to convert Ocean Village Two into the Pacific Jewel cruise ship which sails from Sydney in December 2009. Mivan will be undertaking the contract at Sembawang Shipyards, Singapore and work will be carried out over a 25-day period during November and December 2009.

This project rounds off a busy year for Mivan’s cruise ship refit business, representing around £5.5m during 2009. This is Mivan’s first contract for P&O Australia since the Pacific Sun contract in 2005. The project is being managed by Carnival UK’s technical team in Southampton.

Mivan will be the main contractor onboard working on the majority of public areas throughout the ship. The two biggest areas will be the Waterfront Restaurant and the Oasis Bar, both totally new spaces. Other areas include the Sunweaver Café, Casbah, Connections and Casino Bars, Turtle Cove and Shark Shack Children’s Area, Teen Centre, La Luna Speciality Restaurant, East Wing Internet Room & Library and the conversion of the existing Kids Club back to the Attic Bar. A total of 38 passenger and 25 crew cabins will also be upgraded as part of the re-fit.

Pre-fabricated manufacturing has been taking place in Mivan’s Antrim factory during August and September in preparation for shipping to the Far East in early October. Mivan project managers James Gilmore and David Bartholomew will be based on the ship supervising around 110 staff. Mivan worked aboard the Ocean Village Two’s previous refit in March 2007 in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Stephen Mills, business development director at Mivan said, ‘This will be one of Mivan’s largest cruise ship re-fits in recent years.’

David Varty, lead projects superintendent for Carnival UK added, ‘being able to provide a project team at the early stages of the design phase to liaise at all levels with owners appointed SMC Designers, was critical to the final product changes being made for the Australian marketplace.’