How ship outfitters can plan for success

MJM Marine’s Gary Annett speaks with Elly Yates-Roberts about why ship outfitters should strategise to fulfil clients’ interior dreams

How ship outfitters can plan for success
MJM Marine was about to create stunning spaces on Norwegian Joy on time due to its precise schedule

This article was first published in the 2019 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

For MJM Marine, the success of every project lies in the planning. This process gives the Northern Ireland-based outfitter the chance to understand the client and deliver what they want, when they want it.

“Our approach has always been to build a partnership with our clients and become almost an extension of their refit divisions,” explains Gary Annett, CEO of MJM Marine. “We provide a full turnkey solution covering design, production, logistics, installation and cost management.”

MJM Marine has built a solid reputation since its founding 35 years ago and cruise companies are keen to work with the brand. “Clients are coming to us much earlier in the planning process and are offering multi-ship deals,” says Annett. “Input like this from all parties at the earliest stage of planning and design ensures seamless delivery.”

After fine-tuning its expertise during high-profile projects, MJM Marine’s team is working on an increased number of more complex contracts. In the first half of 2019, it completed 17 projects, including its largest-ever contract, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy. The multimillion-pound refit took MJM Marine around the world in 42 days, before the team handed the ship over to Norwegian in Seattle, US in April.

“It was a mammoth task which involved nine months of planning, design, procurement, production and logistics where the 1,400-strong team refurbished over 40 spaces,” says Annett. “It wasn’t without its challenges, but careful planning from the outset and our expertise got the job done. We’re immensely proud of the project.”

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Thursday, July 18, 2019