Six Viking River Cruises vessels are undergoing substantial modification and maintenance to ready them for the upcoming river cruise season.
Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, is carrying out the project one vessel at a time. Viking Idi was the first of the six to arrive at the yard in late December. Sister ships Viking Idun, Viking Kvasir, Viking Kara, Viking Hlin and Viking Gullveig will follow consecutively, with the refits completed by early March.
DSAm said that the primary scope of work for all six longships comprises stern frame modifications necessary to prevent propeller damage during turning manoeuvres in canals and other narrow waterways. The solution is to install an additional steel construction reaching from the seawater inlet chest all the way to the stern.
To reduce the time spent at the yard, Damen is prefabricating the steel components in advance.
The DSAm team will also carry out any necessary maintenance on the vessels while they have them in drydock. For example, Viking Idi needed a replacement port propeller and has had the vertical sides of its hull and the seawater inlet chest box coolers high-pressure washed and cleaned.
DSAm project manager Arnold Bregman said that efficient planning of the docking, as well as the prefabrication work, was essential, as “with six vessels one after the other, we will be undocking the completed vessel and docking the next one on the same day”.