How Trimline is helping cruise and ferry brands return to service

UK-based company is continuing to provide interior outfitting and maintenance services while ships are in lay-up to ensure they are ready to resume cruises, says Simon Dawkins

How Trimline is helping cruise and ferry brands return to service


A Trimline employee carries out repair work in an onboard spa

In all of Trimline‘s 55 years as a dedicated marine interior outfitter, 2020 has been one of the most testing, with our entire industry facing unique challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Undaunted by this situation, however, we have adapted quickly and are collaborating closely with our clients in the cruise and ferry industries to help them to get their fleets back into service and welcome passengers again.

While some of our clients have been forced to push back their planned large-scale refurbishments, others are continuing to forge ahead with larger works. We are also working with new clients, such as P&O Ferries, for the first time.

Our adaptable and experienced teams of tradespeople have been boarding ships at sea (with minimal crew and no passengers onboard) to carry out essential maintenance works to maintain high onboard standards. They are also completing safeguarding works to ensure cruise lines are able to adhere to the frameworks developed by organisations like the UK Chamber of Shipping, Cruise Lines International Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA.

Although the outlook is difficult to predict, brands such as TUI Cruises and Costa Cruises are already back in service and others are starting to return to service this winter. In addition, many of our clients have already seen a reasonable increase in bookings for 2021.

Whatever happens, one thing is clear to us at Trimline – since our inception in 1965, we’ve continuously evolved our business to support our clients throughout world events, and this situation is no different. We’ll continue to support our clients with a first-class interior outfitting and maintenance service for many years to come.

Simon Dawkins is commercial manager at Trimline

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By Simon Dawkins
01 December 2020

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