Damen contracted to perform modifications on Viking’s six cruise vessels

26 January 2016 (Last Updated January 26th, 2016 18:30)

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAM) has received a contract from Viking River Cruises to refurbish, maintain and modify its six inland cruise vessels.

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Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAM) has received a contract from Viking River Cruises to refurbish, maintain and modify its six inland cruise vessels.

Following the maintenance programme, the vessels, also termed as longships, will be deployed into the ensuing river cruise season.

DSAM plans to begin work on Viking Idi, the first vessel that arrived at the yard late last month.

It will be followed by the other ships in the series Viking Idun, Viking Kvasir, Viking Kara, Viking Hlin and Viking Gullveig.

DSAM project manager Arnold Bregman said: "With six vessels one after the other, we will be undocking the completed vessel and docking the next one on the same day.

"They’ll all be in our number one drydock which is perfect for river cruise vessels.

"We are right on schedule and proud to be continuing our relationship with Viking River Cruises."

The shipyard has planned to invest around ten to eleven days to maintain and modify the ships at the yard, with an aim to complete the contract by early March.

The modification programme will include stern frame modifications to shield the propeller from being damaged while negotiating narrow canals and waterways.

This will include installing an additional steel construction reaching from the seawater inlet chest all the way to the stern.

Damen has already started the construction of the steel implant prior to the vessel reaching the dock in a bid to save time.

Additionally, the Damen team will conduct other repair works deemed necessary on the ship while it is drydocked.

"We are right on schedule and proud to be continuing our relationship with Viking River Cruises."

Viking Idi was fitted with a replaced port propeller, as well as the vertical sides of her hull and the seawater inlet chest box coolers were high-pressure washed and cleaned.

The DSAM repairing site situated alongside the Viking River Cruise Amsterdam terminal offers a strategic location for the cruise enterprise, with Amsterdam being the starting point of the Viking’s scheduled river cruise itinerary.

The vicinity of the Damen site to the cruise terminal will facilitate less time involvement while transferring the ship to the terminal as well as will save cost.

Last month, Damen performed a special survey and general maintenance and refurbishment on the ship, Marco Polo, owned by Global Maritime and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages.


Image: Viking Idun drydocked at Damen shipyard. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.