Two cruise ship refit jobs will keep Lloyd Werft busy in April as both the Voyager and National Geographic Explorer are scheduled at the shipyard.
The Voyager has already docked. She arrived on Monday March 30th and will be followed on April 16th by the National Geographic Explorer, which is making her third visit to Bremerhaven’s traditional cruise ship yard.
The Voyager is an old acquaintance of Project Manager Carl Ratjen. The ship, built in Valencia, was fitted with a new bulbous bow at Lloyd Werft in 2010 when she was still called Alexander von Humboldt.
During her 15 day stay in the yard’s big Kaiserdock II, the 25-year-old cruise ship will undergo extensive blasting and conservation work, work on 14 tanks, inspection of all sea-valves and a range of work on pipe and valve systems. In addition, the job docket lists the renewal of rubber-headed components on the ship’s bow thruster tunnel as well as the adaption of all the ship’s lifeboats to the latest IMO safety regulations.
Along with the necessary class work on Voyager while she is in dock, Lloyd Werft will also carry out the yard’s program of standard work. The ship will also get a new hull bottom coating.
The expedition cruise ship National Geographic Explorer is no stranger to Lloyd Werft and previously visited the yard in 2013 and 2014. She does not need to enter the floating dock this time.