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Sembawang wins Voyager of the Seas revitalization

Contract signing at Royal Caribbean's Miami office - seated, from left, Wong Lee-Lin, executive director, Sembawang; Minas Miliaras, avp marine operations, Royal Caribbean, and Sembawang md P.K. Ong. Standing, from left, Royal Caribbean's Joe Miorelli, director technical projects - newbuild; vp Kevin Douglas and William Baumgartner, svp marine operations
Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard secured an agreement to perform the extensive revitalization of Royal Caribbean International's 137,276gt Voyager of the Seas. The ship is scheduled to enter the yard in the fourth quarter of 2014.

This milestone contract will further boost Singapore’s status as a major Asian cruise hub and reinforce Sembawang's role in the highly specialised segment of cruise ship repair, refurbishment and conversion.

'We are delighted with this award from Royal Caribbean,' said P.K. Ong, deputy president of Sembcorp Marine and md of Sembawang Shipyard. 'Our dedicated Sembawang cruise ship project team has worked very well with Royal Caribbean’s team on several ships and look forward to another successful collaboration on Voyager of the Seas.'

Royal Caribbean's Kevin Douglas, vp technical projects and newbuild, described Sembawang as a 'very technically competent and efficient shipyard' that will help introduce on Voyager of the Seas many of the innovative and most popular amenities that debuted on the Oasis-class of ships, as well as new concepts that will greatly elevate the experience.

Sembawang revitalized RCI's Rhapsody of the Seas in 2012 and Legend of the Seas in 2013. The agreement to revitalize Voyager of the Seas, the largest cruise ship homeporting in Asia, reinforces Sembawang’s position as one of the world’s leading shipyards and Asia’s top facility for cruise ship repairs, refurbishment and conversion. 

The recent Navigator of the Seas drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard began RCI's Voyager-class revitalization program.