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Articles from 2010 In March

Latest interiors showcased by Adfecto

Latest interiors showcased by Adfecto

Its contribution includes the ultra-modern Glass House wine bar and restaurant featuring sommelier Olly Smith; a classic London-inspired pub and casino; and open-air spa terrace The Retreat.

A sneak preview of Adfecto’s interiors for newbuild Azura, plus the work it carried out on the recent refurbishment of Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony, including penthouses, casual all-day dining, and resort-styled pool decks, can be found on the company’s website at

Previous works for Crystal such as the Nobu Silk Road and Sushi Bar can also be reviewed in more detail, Clixby tells Seatrade Insider.

Adfecto was established by Alison Clixby and Chris Finch in 2006 to design bespoke signature interiors. ‘The company utilises a time-saving fully-integrated design approach to provide project specific benefits which minimise risk and maximise value,’ Clixby remarked.

ALMACO secures Kristina Katarina makeover

ALMACO secures Kristina Katarina makeover

ALMACO's Accommodation Systems division will refurbish all 195 passenger cabins and the corresponding bathrooms. The scope of work also includes the refurb of cabin corridors and passenger staircases, the renovation of the Conference room and Children's play area as well as modernization and modifications done in the Buffet and a la carte restaurants.

Kristina Katarina, will start sailing under the Finnish flag in August 2010. She was built in Poland in 1982 and operated in the 1990's as Konstantin Simonov between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. For the last nine years she has been operated as Iris under the Maltese flag mostly cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean. The ship's ice class enables her to cruise in Arctic waters.

Wilhelmsen conducts chemicals changeover on RCCL fleet

Wilhelmsen conducts chemicals changeover on RCCL fleet

The changeover was carried out in accordance with a three month schedule, and were done at no additional cost to Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s annual fixed fee package for RCCL. The 33 ships sail from 17 different home ports.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service was selected by RCCL early in 2009, as its preferred partner to supply technical chemicals.

When conducting a changeover on a large cruise ship, one of Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s chemical service engineers will typically sail with the ship for three days.

Depending on the experience of the crew to be trained, a changeover might include such topics as boiler systems, treatment and potential problems, diesel engine cooling and air conditioning system water treatment, sewerage systems and chemical storage and safety.

After the initial conversion, Wilhelmsen provides ongoing support to customers. In addition to 24/7 telephone and online support, a chemical service engineer visits each ship on a monthly basis. Quarterly technical reviews are held with shore-based marine operations staff to monitor chemical consumption and discuss potential issues with equipment.

Rolls-Royce supplies combined propeller and rudder for Carnival Glory

Rolls-Royce supplies combined propeller and rudder for Carnival Glory

The selection of the Promas Lite system came as a result of close cooperation between Carnival and Rolls-Royce Marine Services and after extensive laboratory testing at Rolls-Royce Hydrodynamic Research Centre in Sweden. This resulted in an optimized Promas Lite design tailor made to fit the actual operational profile of  Carnival Glory.

A new twin 5.8mtr Promas Lite propulsion system was installed during the ship’s regular dry docking at Grand Bahama Shipyard last month. The new propeller-rudder system replaces the old five-bladed mono-block propellers with modern four-bladed Rolls-Royce propellers with bolted blades, hub caps and rudder bulbs, optimized for maximum fuel efficiency and emission reduction.

Carnival Glory will operate out of New York from June to early October 2010, switching to Norfolk for two Bahamas cruises and a 2 day taster later that month and then returning to Miami for a winter 2010/11 season in the Caribbean.

Microbiologist advocates silver ions to fight on-board bacteria

Microbiologist advocates silver ions to fight on-board bacteria

Dr Richard Hastings, a microbiologist for UK-based BioCote, said that by adopting antimicrobial silver ion technology into highly populated areas on board, bacteria levels can be lowered by up to 99.99%, dramatically reducing the possibility of cross contamination. Various studies also show silver ions to be anti-viral.

‘Cruise ships are characterised by high population densities, crowded public rooms and living accommodation, shared sanitary facilities and common water and food supplies. Because of this, passengers and crew are at particular risk from outbreaks of infectious disease,’ Hastings said.

The microbiologist believes manufacturers of products for the cruise industry should think seriously about adopting silver ion technology into their products at the manufacturing stage. He also believes that those with the purchasing power for ships should insist the products they buy feature this type of technology.

‘It is proven through independent laboratory testing that silver ion technology is highly effective against a wide range of disease causing bacteria,' he said, adding that BioCote, works with manufacturers to incorporate its technology at the production stage, providing built-in antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the product.

F. Ball repairs and upgrades decks on Discovery

F. Ball repairs and upgrades decks on Discovery

Built in 1972, the Voyages of Discovery ship last underwent a major refit in 2003. As part of the current refurbishment programme, 3,400sq mtr of floors in the ship’s public areas and 300 cabins were upgraded.

Areas demanding particular attention during the refurbishment of older vessels such as Discovery are the decks, notes the UK-based supplier. The impact of movement and vibration of the ship’s structure, as well as frequent foot traffic, while sailing, caused the subfloor above the steel deck to crack and even crumble in some areas of the ship.

In the most badly affected areas of the subfloor, this had created holes up to 35mm deep. To repair the damaged areas, specialist flooring contractor team-marine installed Stopgap 1050 Lite smoothing underlayment to level irregularities within the surface.

A lightweight, fibre reinforced system, Stopgap 1050 Lite is intended for levelling floors where structural loadings need to be considered. Designed to offer weight savings, it has a cured density of 1050kg per sq mtr, half that of a conventional smoothing underlay, according to F. Ball. Additionally as Stopgap 1050 Lite can be applied up to a thickness of 20mm, it enabled the flooring contractor to level the most damaged areas of the subfloor in two applications.

To install the carpet floor coverings selected for the ship’s restaurants, bars, entertainment lounges and cabins, a release bond adhesive system was selected. This will allow the carpet to be lifted and replaced in the future, without damaging the subfloor.

Experts say refurb market is roaring along

Experts say refurb market is roaring along

Ships older than five years are driving the trend, particularly as operators want their existing fleets to pick up the newest brand features. Technological advances are sparking changes in piping, pools and other wet spaces, new regulations are driving further changes and the demands for energy savings are mounting. Service needs are now global.

On a panel at Cruise Shipping Miami, Rotkirch’s remarks on the rising market for refurbishments were echoed by senior executives from Carnival Corp. & plc, Norwegian Cruise Line, Fincantieri and STX Finland.

NCL president and ceo Roberto Martinoli cited a good outlook for the sector, particularly as owners seek to optimize existing tonnage, and said refurbishments generally offer ‘excellent returns on investments.’

Mike Kaczmarek, vp corporate shipbuilding for Carnival Corp., predicted the sector will pick up further in 2011 and beyond.

Refurbishment costs run 2% to 3% of the price of a newbuild lower berth, which Rotkirch called ‘a reasonable cost to keep the sailing fleet up to date.’

The panelists said contractors are gaining experience in the sector, but the Grand Bahama chief suggested there is room to improve: ‘The services business is becoming a multibillion-dollar business. Do we operate as if we were a multibillion-dollar business? Not yet.’

In the past five years, the Freeport facility has carried out progressively challenging work from the installation of ducktails to major engine upgrades, balcony additions and, in its biggest project, the April 2009 Veendam conversion that added a steel block containing new staterooms and a resort-style pool, among other changes.

Rotkirch called Veendam a learning experience and said the new knowledge benefited projects that followed. [Similar work on a subsequent ship, Rotterdam, is detailed in the current issue of Seatrade Cruise Review.]

The Grand Bahama chief questioned the shift to dockings every five years. ‘Five years since delivery is OK, but does that save docking days later?’ he asked. From a product standpoint alone, Rotkirch suggested fast-moving market trends and the need for brand alignment make more frequent dockings desirable.

Pointing to his company’s Lifecycle Services group, STX Finland president Martin Landtman cited a market need for ‘more demanding conversions, when you need a newbuild team as a backup.’ However, he said STX doesn’t require a dedicated dock; it is happy to work with a specialized refurb facility like Grand Bahama on such projects.

And Fincantieri will keep the focus on newbuilds, said chairman Corrado Antonini. ‘We need 25 refurbishments to compensate for one ship so I strongly encourage shipowners to start building again,’ he told the Miami audience.

NCL refurb rises from the ashes of Olympics cancellation

NCL refurb rises from the ashes of Olympics cancellation

Work envisioned for the end of 2010 was pulled forward. By coincidence, 30 contractors were coming to look at the vessel to plan their projects.

In a matter of two or three days, said NCL president and coo Roberto Martinoli, a contract was firmed for an immediate drydock at Victoria Shipyards.

The refurbishment involved major renovations of four fire zones including the relocation of shops with the vacated space transformed into a lounge.

Norwegian Star left San Pedro on Feb. 10, arriving in Victoria two days later, and entered the dock on Feb. 16 for 12 days. After moving to the pier on Feb. 28, the ship sailed from Victoria on March 2 and resumed service from Los Angeles on March 6.

Speaking at Cruise Shipping Miami, Martinoli called the ability to execute a vast project on such short notice ‘remarkable,’ and said it shows how much the industry is advancing in the refurbishment arena.

During his presentation, Martinoli acknowledged Victoria Shipyards and other key players.

They included ABB (Azipods), Det Norske Veritas, Mainstar, Marifix (gift shops), PCM (art gallery and La Cucina Restaurant), SMC and Foreship (architects), Santarossa (cabin and suite installation), Sea Level (aft lounge and Spinnaker Lounge) and US Outfitters (bell box conversion).

The NCL president also thanked Norwegian Star’s crew.

Martinoli: Refurbs offer ‘excellent ROI’

Martinoli: Refurbs offer ‘excellent ROI’

So said Roberto Martinoli, president and coo of Norwegian Cruise Line, in his keynote address at a Cruise Shipping Miami session on expanding and refurbishing the fleet.

Moreover, refurbishments — and lengthenings — present good opportunities to increase a ship’s profitability by adding cabins, balconies and energy-saving features, he said.

‘In general, refurbishments offer excellent returns on investment. If well thought out and well executed, they can be quite significant for profitability,’ Martinoli told the session.

The NCL president also noted the pool of refurbishment contractors is becoming larger, more professional and experienced. While the majority are concentrated in Europe, such contractors are becoming more active in the US and Canada, he added.

HAL’s Ryndam receives upgrades at Grand Bahama

HAL’s Ryndam receives upgrades at Grand Bahama

The 1994-built vessel now features the new cocktail lounge called Mix, a restyled Showroom at Sea with several new productions, the Italian alternative dinner venue, Canaletto, and refreshed staterooms with redesigned bathrooms.

Canaletto, a dinner alternative introduced with the launch of newbuild Eurodam last year, was added to Ryndam’s Lido restaurant. There is no extra charge, but reservations are suggested.

The casino and piano bars were reconfigured into Mix, with three separate bars: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales. The neighboring casino was updated.

In its transformation into the Showroom at Sea, the main lounge gained a nightclub feel and new shows.

Other public areas around the ship were refurbished and received new carpeting, and an upscale luxury jewelry shop called Merabella was added midship to the enhanced main shopping area.

Completing the enhancements, all Ryndam’s staterooms received new carpeting, soft goods and fully renovated bathrooms with new vanities and cabinetry. Sixteen staterooms near the spa (on Verandah Deck) became ‘spa staterooms’ offering a variety of enhanced amenities.