P&O Cruises’ Grand-class cruise ship Ventura has just completed a two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest where work included the installation of scrubbers.
Launched in 2008, this was the first visit of the 290 m vessel to the yard, where it underwent a regular docking together with a range of maintenance works.
The maintenance programme included installing two exhaust gas scrubbers, for which Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) designed, manufactured and installed a sea chest. While Ventura was in DSBr’s Drydock number three, at 420 m by 80 m the largest of DSBr’s three drydocks, the hull was ultra-high-pressure water blasted and then, along with the superstructure, repainted. Additional works included maintenance of the propulsion systems and stabilisers, plus other minor repairs.
DSBr commented in a statement that the logistics were “particularly challenging”, with a wide range of subcontractors needing access to the vessel both inside and out, and hundreds of containers, trucks and garbage skips to be positioned around the dock and manoeuvred as necessary during the two-week period. “As always, meticulous planning and exact specification of all the different tasks to be undertaken took place in the months before its arrival. That, plus excellent organisation while it was in the yard, was the key to success,” it added.
“This is the first time that we have welcomed a vessel owned by Carnival plc (which operates the P&O Cruises brand),” said Damen Shiprepair Brest managing director Patrick Renavot, “and we were delighted that the project was a success. All planned work was finished on time and the vessel returned to its busy schedule on schedule.”