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Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has completed maintenance and repair works on the newest member of Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) fleet, the cruise ship Columbus.
After the full scope of works was completed, the recently purchased vessel could sail to the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, the UK, in time for its naming ceremony and inaugural cruise, Damen said.
Columbus, previously known as Pacific Pearl, arrived at the Rotterdam yard on May 13 and departed on June 5. With the overall aim of bringing the vessel in line with CMV’s operational standards, Damen said it carried out a comprehensive scope of maintenance and repair jobs.
“After docking, we started straight away with a complete painting programme. This included the application of the company logos and markings of the new owners,” Vincent van Rulo, DSR Project Manager, explained.
Technical aspects included maintenance of the main engines, generators and thrusters as well as polishing of the ship’s propellers.
According to Damen, the complexity of the project was heightened due to the fact that up to 700 crew members were staying on board while the ship was docked at the yard.
Since it left Rotterdam, Columbus is sailing on its first cruise under the CMV flag.