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Feature 2 | CRUISE SHIP REPAIR AND REFITS Gibdock reaches Zenith


Gibdock’s growing reputation as one of the leading cruise ship repair and refurbishment centres in the Mediterranean has been enhanced by the docking of Pullmantur Zenith.


to be completed within tight time constraints and leſt on schedule on 20 November, en route to Brazil for its next cruise itinerary. Gibdock was tasked with renewing the


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rudderneck bushes, which required the drilling of two holes in the bottom floor of the drydock so that the Pullmantur Zenith’s two rudders could be lowered to get them out. “Not many yards would go to such lengths”, says Richard Beards, Gibdock commercial director. “But it shows our flexibility and willingness to do whatever is necessary to meet our customer’s requirements.” Te scope of work also included renewing


the four chillers onboard. To fit the new chillers the yard had to cut open both sides of the ship and renew almost all the associated PVC and non-PVC pipework. Tis had to be done to a tight timetable so that the chillers would be commissioned and ready for when the passengers came onboard. During a survey, the tank top steel in two


compartments was found to be corroded below the thickness levels set by Class and Gibdock handled the necessary steel renewal work. Work included opening access in the bottom to facilitate the renewal and strengthening of the tank top steel to the satisfaction of Class. During tank cleaning for the survey and


shortly before the arrival of the Pullmantur Zenith at Gibdock, the forepeak tank was found to have some old weather damage that was causing corrosion within the forepeak. Te shipyard was notified and responded by renewing the corroded steel before the vessel was due to leave the dock. Gibdock also recoated the external hull of the cruise ship. While this was in many respects a routine operation, the yard had to contend with poor weather conditions, but completed the work with time to spare. “We were able to float off our blocks


early and maintain our schedule without difficulty”, says Jan Sandvik, Pullmantur


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he 42,255gt, 1992-built Pullmantur Zenith arrived in Gibraltar on 7 November last year for work that had


Two holes were dug in the base of the drydock to facilitate the removal of the rudders.


Cruises’ technical director. “Te yard was flexible in adjusting its work pattern to follow our requirements in getting the ship out of the yard on time.” Pullmantur has previous experience


of using Gibdock, docking a number of vessels with the yard in recent years, and


this track record played a part in the yard winning this


latest project. “Gibdock


has proven that they are able to handle unplanned jobs in a timely manner and we were confident in the ability to deliver on time”, says Sandvik. “Deviation time was also minimal.”


Shiprepair and Conversion Technology 1st Quarter 2012


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