Damen Shiprepair Brest carried out the maintenance project in its largest dry dock (Image: P&O Cruises)
P&O Cruises’ Ventura has completed a two-week dry dock at Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) in France.
DBSr carried out the maintenance project in its largest dry dock, installing two exhaust gas cleaning systems (also known as scrubbers) and a sea chest. Ventura’s hull was also blasted with ultra-high-pressure water and then repainted. Additional tasks included maintenance work on the propulsion systems and stabilisers, as well as other minor repairs.
Ventura departed DSBr on 26 March with all works completed. Finishing the works within the scheduled period was essential so Ventura could return to Southampton, UK to depart on a 12-day cruise to the Canary Islands, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal on 28 March.
“This is the first time that we have welcomed a vessel owned by Carnival Corporation (which operates the P&O Cruises brand),” said Patrick Renavot, managing director of DSBr. “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.”
DBSr, which has recently made substantial investments to enhance its black and grey water disposal facilities and install a new fire and cooling water supply system, hopes that the project will help it to attract similar maintenance dry docks in future.
“As cruise ships expand in terms of both numbers and size, we hope to see our general activity in this sector grow,” said Renavot. “With two dry docks of 420 metres and 338 metres respectively, plus a convenient and easily accessed location for cruise ships entering and leaving the Atlantic, DSBr has much to offer owners and operators looking for yards capable of meeting their specific needs.”
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