Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) has completed maintenance on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway.
The 326 m ship arrived in Brest on 28 April for 11 days of scheduled maintenance and refurbishment.
The primary objective of the visit was mechanical works on the ship’s two ABB azipods. The DSBr team worked alongside ABB service engineers on both azipods to repair the shaft bearings and replace the slewing seals. These works required removing both propellers and took place in close co-ordination with the other teams working on the vessel to ensure no dust and other contaminants entered the complex systems within the azipods.
At the same time, DSBr technicians worked with personnel from Brunvoll AS to maintain the vessel’s three bow thrusters and dismantle, maintain and refit the two Fincantieri stabilisers. The hull was also repainted, which involved the usual paintworks plus the decorative artwork on the vessel’s forward topsides.
While Norwegian Breakaway was in DSBr’s 420 m, number three drydock, carpets inside the cruise ship were removed and replaced by a specialist contractor as part of a rolling programme. In addition to the scheduled tasks, the yard also ensured the client’s subcontractors received full support and handled unforeseen requests ranging from providing materials and tools to erecting interior scaffolding.
Damen Shiprepair Brest project manager Laurent Salou commented “The client chose us for this project not only because we are capable of handling a ship of this size, but also because we are close to the major cruise terminal at Southampton, which was its last port of call. They were also very satisfied with the works that we performed on the Norwegian Epic in 2015 and I am pleased to be able to report that the client was very happy with performance of the DSBr workers and the yard on this project as well.”
Norwegian Breakaway left Damen Shiprepair Brest on 8 May at noon, six hours ahead of schedule.