Trimline refits Calais Seaways at Damen shipyard

Trimline refits Calais Seaways at Damen shipyard
Trimline has renovated several public areas onboard Calais Seaways (Image: Trimline)

DFDS ferry Calais Seaways has undergone a multi-million pound renovation at Damen’s shipyard in France, which was carried out by UK-based marine interior refit firm Trimline.

During the refit, Trimline converted an existing bar area into the newly rebranded Lighthouse Café and created a new hospital/first aid area. The retail unit, premium lounge and Seven Seas restaurant were also fully renovated and fitted with bespoke items crafted by Trimline’s joinery team.

“Trimline’s objective was to produce the same quality and high standards that we achieved last year on Côte des Flandres and Côte des Dunes,” said Neil Quinlan, Trimline’s ferry key account manager. “The team are proud to have achieved this some eight days ahead of schedule. This is testament to the great working relationship we have with DFDS and our key suppliers.”

More than 140 tradespeople spent six weeks working on the vessel in Dunkirk to her up to the same standard as DFDS’s other C-class ferries. Work was completed eight days ahead of schedule, enabling DFDS to meet critical in-service schedules.

“We have been impressed by the cooperation as well as the professionalism and commitment of the teams involved,” said Nigel Cureton, DFDS’ fleet group manager for the UK and France. “We are very pleased with the results that will allow us to offer a big improvement to our customers who will experience very beautiful and lovely facilities on all of our six vessels serving between Dover and France.”

Last year, Trimline refurbished DFDS’s two cross-Channel ferries, Côte des Flandres and Côte des Dunes.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
28 March 2017

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