P&O Cruises' Oriana has completed it's second refit in A&P Group
's Southampton yard. Oriana was in dry-dock between 1st and 12th December, followed by sea trials and returned into service on schedule on 13th December when the ship departed on her Christmas cruise, with a full compliment of passengers.
The refit works comprised routine ship repair work including the application of International's Intersleek 700 biocide-free fouling-control system to the outer hull. A&P was the first ship repairer ever to apply this product to a cruise ship when Star Cruises' Norway visited
the yard during 1996.
's Managing Director, Mike Smith
, said that, "the timescale for this refit were extremely tight with only 12 days in dock followed by passengers immediately joining the vessel. By working closely with P&O from the early days of specification preparation it was possible for A&P to ensure that the work was pre-planned in detail and completed within the agreed timescales, ensuring the minimum out of service time for the vessel."
The December Oriana refit represents the fifth consecutive refit of a P&O Cruise
vessel by A&P, following earlier successful refits of the Arcadia, Oriana and Victoria (twice).