Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam has received a cruise repair and maintenance contract from Italian-Swiss shipping company MSC Cruises.
Under the contract, Damen will carry out extensive steelwork, cleaning, painting and replacement piping along with refurbishing of the rudder system on MSC Magnifica cruise ship.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion cruise vessels product manager Khalil Benjelloul said: "During the drydocking the 700-strong crew will largely stay on the vessel and they have to be able to carry out their normal activities safely, so it is quite a logistical operation.
"At the same time, there could be up to 300 of our workers and subcontractors dealing with the project."
The ship has already berthed at the yard’s 307m-long drydock in Rotterdam and Damen is expected to complete the repair and maintenance works within an 18-day period.
Constructed by STX Europe in 2010, the vessel is capable of accommodating more than 2,500 passengers and offers 1,259 cabins, including 16 for guests with disabilities.
The 293m-long MSC Magnifica has a capacity of 95,128gt and a maximum speed of 22.9k.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 15 repair and conversion yards across the world and handles 1,500 repair and maintenance works a year.
Image: MSC Cruises’s Magnifica ship will undergo extensive maintenance at Damen’s shipyard. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.