BSM Cruise Services is planning a major drydock for Phoenix Reisen’s Amera in 2023, according to managing director Martin Springer.
“The main scope is the re-engineering of its propulsion- and power-generating systems. Basically, replacing all main and auxiliary engines with Tier III–compliance engines,” he said. “In addition, both controllable pitch propellers will be replaced to secure efficient performance with lower service speed and thus be more sustainable.”
According to the 2023 Drydock and Refurbishment Report by Cruise Industry News, the company is also planning a drydock for Ambassador Cruise Line for its new Ambition for her entry into revenue service following a long layup period and use as a hotel for refugees.
“This includes leveling up her main engines to Tier III with a SCR solution,” Springer told Cruise Industry News.
BSM has completed a few major projects in 2022. The Ambience debuted for Ambassador Cruise Line following a major and extensive modernization in Croatia.
“Highlights were a major accommodation refit, overhaul of all main engines, repair of aft propeller shaft bearings and a Tier III upgrade of main engines by fitting SCR systems in the uptakes,” added Springer.
The Ambition was also at Damen for a quick class inspection ahead of her use as a hotel ship, and the Artania was in drydock late in the year in France, with all 320 cabins seeing a significant update.
“Of course, the COVID pandemic had an impact on passenger accommodations and general vessel operations,” Springer continued. “An example is the modification of the HVAC systems. The demands have simply increased.”
The planning starts years in advance, generally during the previous drydock.
“When the vessel leaves the yard, immediately the preparations have started for the next drydocking. Jobs that may have been postponed will remain on the upcoming drydock list,” Springer said. “The measures are mainly driven by legislative requirements, trends in the market and wishes from the client. There are constant changes and adjustments. That’s why consulting the owner about technical options and the right shipyard selection is of great importance.”
As the vessel management company responsible for running the show, Springer said he sees BSM as an extended arm of the ship owner, making sure the projects are completed on budget and on time.