The 46,052-ton ms Magellan completed a 5-week scheduled maintenance drydock in Amsterdam at Damen Shiprepair. For 2 weeks the 222-meter cruise ship was positioned in the 250-meter dry dock #4 of the yard, where the rudders, propellers and its hull underwent a thorough cleaning and inspection.
Originally built for Carnival in 1985 and named Holiday, ms Magellan is currently part of Global Maritime Group Inc. and recently joined the fleet of the British cruise operator CMV (Cruise & Maritime Voyages).
A wide range of repair and maintenance activities were conducted by Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. These included removing Magellan's 16 lifeboats, taking them ashore for servicing, as well as the full range of usual docking tasks such as surveying the tail shaft, polishing the propellers, checking rudder clearances, cleaning the sea chests, chain lockers and anodes.
The 8 air conditioning units were overhauled; the grey/black water vacuum system with 700 toilets was chemically cleaned. A number of pipes were renewed, including those serving sea water pumps, suction lines and ballast tank air vents.
The incinerator was refurbished and the stabiliser fins were serviced. Finally, steel repairs took place in ship's aft peak tank, and its high elastic friction clutch e-motor underwent a complete overhaul.
With a full program for the summer months, including a 3-day trip to Antwerp and Amsterdam from London starting tomorrow (June 4), timing was critical, allowing no room for delay. A key factor for the success was the effective project management.
According to Ruud Haneveer of Damen Shiprepair and Conversion, the project had gone smoothly due to cooperation between ship's management, the shipyard and very cooperative crew, so everything had been successfully completed on time.