Navantia has signed an agreement with Royal Caribbean to provide revitalization, upgrading, ship-repair and related marine services for RCI fleet, including the upcoming drydock for Allure of the Seas.
The relationship between both parties dates back to 2011, when the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company won the bid to refurb Splendour of the Seas. Since then, the shipyard has worked on vessels across Royal’s brands.
The agreement was signed in Cadiz, Spain by Kevin Douglas, Vice President Technical Projects and Newbuildings for RCC, and Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, Navantia's Industrial Vice President.
Douglas stated they were very excited to be entering the relationship with Navantia and were "looking forward to working with them for many years to come”.
Vilasanchez noted they were honored to be chosen for a partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He added Navantia S.A. had over the recent years, focused strongly on the fast-growing niche markets, one of which was the cruise ship repairs and upgrades. Since 2010, Navantia had successfully repaired and upgraded over 25 passenger ships.
The agreement includes the current drydocking the Allure and the Explorer of the Seas this May, as well as other ships, and runs through 2016.