Since arriving at Damen’s shiprepair yard in Rotterdam on 20 October, work has been in progress around the clock on the 2010-built, 293 meter-long cruise ship MSC Magnifica.
While berthed at one of western Europe’s largest drydocks, Damen notes she will undergo extensive steelwork, cleaning, painting and replacement piping, as well as have her entire rudder system replaced over an 18-day period.
The following is an interview with project manager Mark Derks:
Khalil Benjelloul, Cruise Vessels Product Manager of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, notes that the vessel’s 700 plus crew will, for the most part,k remain on board during the drydocking. “It is quite a logistical operation,” he notes. “At the same time, there could be up to 300 of our workers and subcontractors dealing with the project.”