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Articles from 2010 In July

Mivan secures £2m contract on Pacific Pearl

Mivan secures £2m contract on Pacific Pearl

Work will take place in Singapore in November of this year for a period of 36 days, completing the week before Christmas. The scope of work includes the Salt Grill & Waterfront restaurants, Sunweaver Café and the Connexions & Oasis Bars.

The Waterfront Restaurant is the largest area within Mivan’s remit. Pre-fabrication will begin at Mivan’s manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland this month. The ship’s interiors will follow the same design concept as her sister ships, developed by London based designers SMC Design.

The 63,500gt ship will leave on her inaugural cruise from Auckland on December 22, 2010, joining P&O Cruises Australia’s existing fleet of three ships, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Sun and Pacific Jewel. Following the refurbishment it will have capacity for around 2,000 passengers.

Mivan completed the £1m re-fit of Pacific Dawn in June of this year which included similar areas to those on the Pacific Pearl. One of the most challenging aspects was the re-fit of the Spa. P&O Cruises Australia's vp of hotel operations Sture Myrmell said, 'Mivan did an outstanding job in the construction of the new Spa and the Salt Grill, and the response from our passengers has been excellent.'

Mivan Business development director Stephen Mills said, 'Mivan has maintained its strategy for the cruise ship sector, keeping dedicated project managers and outfitting teams focused on this market and client base. We feel that this has resulted in a better working relationship with the client team and a consistent team structure for every project.'

The Mivan Group is one of the world’s leading specialist construction companies and celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

Trimline upgrades Pacific Dawn's retail facilities

Trimline upgrades Pacific Dawn's retail facilities

The movement of equipment and people some 12,000 miles to Brisbane, where the Australian ship is based, required considerable planning. Some 14 containers of equipment were shipped to Brisbane six weeks before the job started to ensure the materials were on site for the 40 Trimline personnel to start the two week revamp.

The 70,000gt Pacific Dawn's retail facilities were transformed as Trimline stripped out the existing shops included in the atrium area, which is spread over three decks.

Part of the task was to change the nature of the retail units which meant providing a new look for several of the outlets, including removing the frontages and installing electrically operated roller shutter doors. Inside, the units were stripped out and display spaces revamped with new wall units and free standing gondolas.

One of the biggest jobs involved the duty free and perfumery outlet where the front of the shop was removed and partial new deckhead installed.

New flooring was laid and over 20 display units manufactured by Trimline joiners at the Southampton factory. These included two wheeled mobile gondola units manufactured in laminates and stainless steel.

The Crown Jewels jewellery outlet was another shop to undergo a major transformation with partial deckheads fitted, new larger point of sale units and mobile gondolas installed.

Expansion of the facilities has meant the addition of a coffee concession next to one of the existing units, while Trimline completed the project with a revamp of the reception area, which is used as a shore excursion outlet and now benefits from a new frontage and walled units.

Lighting throughout the atrium retail area has been upgraded and television monitors advertising products have also been re-positioned and re-wired.

Trimline sales and marketing director Mike Oliver explained: 'It was one of the biggest logistical exercises that we have completed and getting 40 personnel and 14 containers of equipment to the other side of the world required considerable planning.'

Sound absorption solution for engine rooms

Sound absorption solution for engine rooms

Traditional insulation solutions which consist of an alu-foil or steel plate finish provide a good solution for fire protection and oil contamination prevention; however these surface materials reduce the otherwise excellent noise absorption properties of the insulation behind them.

Providing fire protection and noise reduction in areas where mechanical strength and resistance to oil contamination is required has therefore always been a challenge, but Danish-based Rockwool has developed a system which fulfils all these requirements, it claims.

Rockwool Marine Acoustic Foil is a strong, thin and durable film, which is resistant to oil/oil mist, water and most other substances expected to be found in the environment of the engine room. The film (which covers the Rockwool insulation and is then covered by a perforated steel plate) has been tested for surface flammability, according to IMO Res MSC.61(67), annex 1 part 5 and IMO res 653(16), by the Danish Institute of Fire Technology. The result is in full compliance with SOLAS. To obtain the optimal sound properties the film must be fitted loosely with a small gap in between the film and the insulation.

P&O reports The Glass House is taking flight

P&O reports The Glass House is taking flight

The Glass House offers 32 wines by the glass and a menu that recommends wines by the glass for each course. The Glass House uses an Enomatic system to dispense the wines.

Patrons also can order flights consisting of three 125ml glasses of different vintages. There are seven flights, each with a theme. Examples include luxury wines, wines from classic wine-growing regions, wines from new wine-growing regions and Olly’s favorite wines. The ‘Beginner’s Luck’ flight is priced at £7.95.

Smith, who has made several trips on board Azura to host wine tastings and talk with passengers, said the fleet house wines that were blended recently received the ‘commended’ award from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010. Also, the Porta Palo white wine earned a ‘commended’ award from the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2010.

Smith is scheduled to sail with Azura from Southampton on Sept. 21, a seven-night cruise, and on Sept. 21, a 12-night cruise.