The 326m 146,000gt cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway arrived in Brest on 28 April 2018 for 11 days of scheduled maintenance and refurbishment.

The primary objective of the visit was mechanical works on the ship’s two ABB azipods. The DSBr team worked alongside ABB service engineers on both azipods to repair the shaft bearings and replace the slewing seals.

These works required the removal of both propellers and took place in very close coordination with the other teams working on the vessel to ensure that no dust and other contaminants entered the complex systems within the azipods.

At the same time, DSBr technicians worked with personnel from Brunvoll AS to undertake maintenance of the vessel’s three bowthrusters, as well as dismantling, maintaining and then refitting the two Fincantieri stabilisers. The hull was also repainted, which involved the usual paintworks plus the decorative artwork on the vessel’s forward topsides.

While Norwegian Breakaway was in DSBr’s 420m no.3 dry dock, large quantities of the carpets inside the cruise ship were removed and replaced by a specialist contractor as part of a rolling programme. DSBr managed the 24/7 logistical flow, ensuring that old carpets were removed on time and the new rolls available for fitting.

In addition to the scheduled tasks, that yard also ensured that the client’s subcontractors received full support and handled a wide range of unforeseen requests ranging from the provision of materials and tools to the erection of interior scaffolding.

Norwegian Breakaway left Damen Shiprepair Brest on 8 May at noon, six hours ahead of schedule.