Minimising waste and disruption to passengers allows cruise ship operators to maintain, restore and repair their interiors in a sustainable, cost-effective manner
One of the biggest challenges for cruise ship operators is maintaining the interiors of their vessels in tip-top condition. This is no simple task given these ship interiors must be maintained to the highest standards, despite being home to thousands of travellers and sailing thousands of miles.
Chips, scratches, burns, dents, splits, stains and holes on custom design hard surfaces or furniture can be particularly troublesome. That is where specialist restoration and repair firm Magicman shines.
As a specialist in on-site repair, Magicman aims to reduce waste to landfill and extend the life of existing assets through skilful restoration work that also has a financial and sustainable benefit to customers. Its Marine Services Division sends teams of repair technicians all over the world to join ships in drydock or in service to carry out works with minimal waste and without disruption if passengers are present.
“Magicman was entrusted to replace a whole ceiling in a restaurant that had suffered water damage on board a world-class cruise ship,” Magicman head of marine services Wayne Bowers tells Passenger Ship Interior & Refurbishment Review. Sending an eight-person team consisting of a project manager, welder, joiner, decorators and hard surface repair technicians, Magicman replaced and redecorated over 90 m2 of marine pro board and 500 m of steel box section.
In June 2020, Magicman’s Marine Services’ efforts were recognised with ‘Sustainable Product of the Year’ in the Cruise Ship Interiors Awards. In accepting the award, Magicman chief executive Mark Henderson said, “Sustainability, particularly in the cruise industry, is becoming very much in the forefront of planning and execution of newbuilds and refurbishment work.” Sustainable maintenance, pointed out Mr Henderson, is part of the movement to build and maintain ships to a more sustainable degree.
Repairs and refurbishments extend to full restorations of furniture, removal of scratches and deposits on glass, specialist painting and carpet fitting.
Magicman can restore surfaces to become United States Public Health-compliant and has all of the skills and experience necessary to support cruise operators with revitalising and repairing items that may have fallen into disrepair during the long period of Covid-19 lockdown and global sailings to repatriate crew.
To support the cruise industry’s restart, Magicman Marine Services has opened a USA division in Miami, Florida.