A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the Gibraltar yard undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.
The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No. 1 dock for the 207m loa (41,000gt) vessel within a fixed schedule, after Thomson Majesty came off her summer port rotations, in preparation for her regular winter cruising duties. The vessel left the dock on November 18, before departing the yard on November 21.
“Gibraltar is a popular destination for cruise ship calls, and it is especially satisfying when Gibdock’s capabilities for on-schedule high quality work are vindicated by a high-profile owner in the luxury cruise market,” said Richard Beards, Gibdock Managing
Director. “The yard makes a vital contribution to the economy of Gibraltar, and is proactive in its service provision in this specialized ship market.
The docking of Thomson Majesty coincided with the ship’s intermediate special survey. In addition to high pressure hull-washing and a new antifouling coating, the renewal of seals on one stabiliser and one stern thruster, pipework and anchor chain renewals and propeller polishing, the project’s scope included extensive steelworks in way of the double bottom tanks and engine tank tops. Fourteen of the ship’s lifeboats were lifted ashore for inspection and bracket renewal, while davits were also tested.
Mr Beards added: “Our location at the gateway of the Mediterranean brings
us to the attention of the cruise ship market, but we know that it is only by redelivering ships on time, on budget and to the highest quality standards that we have continued to hold that attention.”