The Quicksilver Group is investing over 1 million dollars in the refurbishment of vessels Quicksilver V and Ocean Spirit.
At 39 metres in length, Quicksilver V, will be high and dry at the Cairns Slipways for 8 weeks undergoing her annual mechanical service and a major internal refit. This will include a total new servery and bar area, internal stairway, new seat coverings and more.
Ocean Spirit, a 32 metre sailing catamaran, will also be on the slips for 3 weeks to redesign a new servery and bar area to enhance the main cabin. This follows on from 3 weeks in December when the top deck was replaced with new flooring and fittings. Having only purchased Ocean Spirit 6 months ago, the company has already invested almost $200,000 in her rebirth as a premier sailing vessel. This has included new sails and a new state of the art external finish.
Tony Baker, Quicksilver Group Managing Director said: “While all our vessels are refitted each year with ongoing maintenance, this year we will see major work carried out on our vessel fleet and platforms. The 2014 year will start with two of our vessels at the shipyards for an extended period while we make sure our investment in our fleet highlights our commitment to the tourism industry. A little later in the year we will also be looking to bring two of our Outer Reef activity platforms from Moore Reef and Agincourt Reef back to Cairns for major refurbishment works. Although the past few years have been tough we recognize the need to reinvest and keep our products to the standard of a five star reef operator.”
Group Engineering Manager Peter Price said: “The next few weeks are massive for the Company. We are very lucky to have a fantastic team of tradespeople on staff and a terrific group of contractors who work very closely with us to ensure the maintenance and presentation of our fleet is at the highest standard. For the interior design concepts we worked closely with a local Company, Limecut Design who specializes in marine interior design. It is important that we use local companies where possible who understand our environment and can work alongside our engineering, workshop crew and staff implementing these changes.
With the refurbishment and new equipment it will ensure our passengers have the newest and best facilities available to enjoy their time at the reef.”
Press Release, February 25, 2014