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January 12, 2015

Damen completes renovation of Saga Sapphire cruise ship

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam has completed the extensive repair and refurbishment works of Saga Cruises-owned Saga Sapphire, along with a scheduled Class Survey.

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Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam has completed the extensive repair and refurbishment works of Saga Cruises-owned Saga Sapphire, along with a scheduled Class Survey.

For the 99.63m-long vessel, Damen carried out repairs to the deck steel work and a comprehensive overhaul of the lifeboats and davits.

In addition, Damen undertook general repairs to the vessel’s piping, electrical and hydraulic systems. The vessel also underwent a scheduled DNV GL Class Survey in Rotterdam.

Damen Shiprepair and Conversion Cruise Vessels product manager Khalil Benjelloul said: "Considering the timeframe and the age of the vessel, this was a challenging refurbishment project.

"Considering the timeframe and the age of the vessel, this was a challenging refurbishment project."

"But we completed the work successfully in the scheduled 19 days. With Damen’s own personnel and subcontractors working to such a tight schedule, an important issue with this project was an efficient interface between tasks."

The project involved coordination between various sub-contractors since the vessel had to undergo major works on the sewage and grey water system. The fresh water tanks of the vessel was also being blasted and repainted as part of the renovation effort.

Damen Shiprepair and Conversion area sales manager / project manager Paul Ippel said: "It was a complicated and challenging job but it is great to see another cruise ship repair project finished on schedule."

In December 2014, Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam completed the repair and maintenance works of Italian-Swiss shipping company MSC Cruises’s MSC Magnifica vessel.


Image: Saga Sapphire completed the refurbishment work in 19 days. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.

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