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'Oasis of the Seas'

Giant cruise ship 'Oasis of the Seas' at Damen Verolme Rotterdam for maintenance

Date
October 2014
Ship name
'Oasis of the Seas'
Ship type
Sea Cruise
Yard
Damen Verolme Rotterdam
Tasks performed for this project
  • Maintenance

Owner Royal Caribbean International selected the yard for an extensive programme of works to be completed within 14 days. On arrival the ship went immediately into the yard’s 405-metre dry dock for modifications to her three Azipod main propulsion units and the four bow thrusters.

At the same time work began on the most challenging aspect of the two-week project; the replacement of one of the ship’s main engines. Once in the dock the 'Oasis of the Seas' was settled on a 3.3-metre high dock-block arrangement, which allowed the technicians to go under the vessel to remove the engine. To install the replacement, an opening was made in the double bottom and the 130-tonne engine lifted into the ship. The opening was then welded shut.

If any evidence is needed that Damen Verolme Rotterdam can accommodate any vessel or offshore structure afloat, then the two week visit by the 362-metre, 225,000 GT cruise ship 'Oasis of the Seas', one of the largest in the world, should remove any doubts.

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Damen Verolme Rotterdam can accommodate any seagoing vessel or floating offshore unit. The yard is well known for its drydocking, repair and maintenance capabilities and has a long track record of modification and conversion of ‘upstream’ offshore units.

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