- Customer: Norwegian Cruise Lines
- Industry: Tourism
- Type: Repair & Refit
- Year: 2015
In March, 2015, the Norwegian Star became the first cruise ship to drydock at Vigor’s Swan Island shipyard since the acquisition of Vigorous, the largest floating drydock in North America. The 2,300 passenger cruise ship owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines arrived for a tight ten day drydocking schedule.
Work included inspection and overhaul of the ship’s bow thrusters and fin stabilizers as well as blasting and coating of the stabilizer pockets. On the Norwegian Star’s hull, Vigor teams inspected and repaired 54 sea valves and applied a coat of silicon to the underwater hull. Both anchors were flaked out, washed and gauged, and then coatings applied. All lifeboats/tender boats were removed and repaired. All davits were weight tested and five of the davits were overhauled and repaired.
Significant renovations were done on the lido deck and aluminum bulkhead repairs and inserts were made on the pool deck and atrium level.
Vigor was also contracted by NCL to provide labor assistance to ABB for the overhaul of the Azipod propulsion and steering system. Teams removed the propellers, outer seals, rudders and thrust bearing cassette and then reinstalled them after their repair by ABB. Simultaneously to this, Vigor did 8,000 lbs of steel work on the stern for which the team erected a special staging so as not to interfere with the Azipod repairs.
Over the course of the Norwegian Star’s drydocking, Vigor provided the facilities, logistical and crane support to not only the 400 Vigor employees working on the vessel, but also to the 500 crew members and 750-800 subcontractors that worked alongside them.
While drydocking on the Vigorous, the Norwegian Star was fed shore power of 8 MW at 11 kV or 6.6 kV. Due to this, NCL was able to cut emissions and save on fuel for the duration of the Norwegian Star’s stay at the yard.
All of this work was completed in the budgeted 10 days to the satisfaction of NCL.
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