Lloyd Werft Set for Artania Drydock

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven is expecting Phoenix Reisen’s Artania to arrive in its Kaiserdock II on November 17 for a stay lasting about three weeks, according to a press release.

Along with routine class work more than 250 cabins will be overhauled by the owner. The Phoenix Reisen flagship is scheduled to leave the shipyard pm December 6.

“This order suits us well,” said Rüdiger Pallentin, the yard’s managing director, “and is, to boot, a fine recommendation for the good work we carry out at the Lloyd Werft.”

Along with the maintenance and classification work being done by Lloyd Werft, hotel and stateroom work is being carried out directly by the shipowner, the yard said.

That work, which includes the Pacific Lounge and Jamaica Club, has been put out to tender by the owners.

In addition, carpets, furnishings, wallpapers and many other items are being refurbished in more than 200 cabins and public areas. Lloyd Werft is lending logistical support.

The upcoming new contract will mark the fourth occasion on which Lloyd Werft Project Manager Jochen Mehrtens has been involved with this particular cruise ship.

“At peak times, I can see as many as 120 yard employees taking part in this project,” he said. “For those of our employees who are involved currently in a parallel yacht newbuilding project, this contract will come as a welcome change, because we are, after all, a classic repair and conversion shipyard.

The greatest challenge now will be switching over from the well-organised structure of the newbuilding sector to the extreme flexibility of repair work, because the unexpected happens time and time again during a repair contract,” he said. “It is my job as project manager to bring structure into tasks that change regularly from one moment to the next so that the contract can be completed for the customer with high quality and within the set time framework”.

The Artrania, which accommodates 1,260 passengers, will initially call at the Columbus Cruise Centre after ending a cruise to the Canaries and Western Europe on November 17. 

Passengers and some crew will leave the ship, which will then be towed to the yard. 

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