Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2020

1 3 9 INTERV IEW The power of planning ahead Nicholas Phillips explains to Rebecca Gibson how Magicman successfully carries out repair and restoration projects onboard cruise ships P roper planning prevents poor performance. It’s a simple adage, but it’s one that UK-based company Magicman follows closely whenever it carries out a repair and restoration project onboard a passenger ship. “Advanced planning is key to the success of any project,” says Nicholas Phillips, marine manager at Magicman. “Whenever possible, we conduct live ship surveys before we start a project, so we can identify any potential issues that may be missed if we were to plan from a document or drawing. We then liaise with the client and other contractors to set up a viable work plan. Of course, clients sometimes make unforeseen adjustments as the project unfolds, but this is where Magicman’s flexible ‘can do’ attitude becomes paramount to our success.” Phillips says Magicman’s approach changes slightly depending on where the work is being carried out. “With a dry dock project, we’re often working in close proximity to other contractors, so it’s essential that we collaborate with them to ensure we can all complete our tasks to a high standard in a timely manner, while remaining on schedule,” he explains. “If the ship is in service, we must minimise disruption and inconvenience to passengers, so our ride-on squads normally work through the night.” Magicman’s considered approach and unique skills have enabled it to complete a broad range of projects over the years. “We’ve used our artisanal skills to repair, restore and rejuvenate many items and areas onboard ships – including everything from specialist design structures, to artwork and sculptures,” says Phillips. “We can restore any hard surface, which enables us to provide clients with a quick, cost-effective and sustainable option for keeping their ships in top condition.” CFR “Magicman’s flexible ‘can do’ attitude is paramount to our success” Magicman’s skilled experts restored a statuette that had fallen and broken during a storm