Silversea Cruises – Silversea Silver Wind Refurbishment – MJM Marine
Cruise Line – Silversea | Silver Wind
Completion Date – 01/11/2021
MJM Marine completed the multi-million-pound refurbishment of Silversea Silver Wind in November 2021 on time and within budget agreed with the client. Silver Wind is an intimate yet spacious ice-class ship that offers one of the best luxury expedition cruise experiences there is. With a hull strengthened to ice-class, it is one of the most adaptable ships in the fleet allowing it to go from the polar regions to the ports of the Mediterranean.
MJM’s work involved the outfitting of 15 public spaces, the building of six new suites, 14 upper suites completely refurbished, and 131 standard suites refurbished. All these works were carried out over seven decks in Gdansk, Poland with a team of 270 personnel including subcontractors.
This project was carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic with upwards of 270 people working daily onboard. MJM and our client implemented COVID stringent protocols in order to secure the health and safety of our workforce and to prevent the delay to works on site. The protocols were very effective in that they provided us with zero COVID cases throughout the 68-day installation.
In June 2021, the team from MJM went to Gdansk to survey the ship. Based on their findings, the scope could be amended and priced accordingly to the findings ensuring there were no crucial errors later on in the outfitting process.
The team were able to reduce the number of long lead items by using items already in stock such as ceiling panels, aluminium sheets, box sections and SAS panels. Despite other lead time challenges, the refurb set up and installation from prefabrication on site of the wet units went well despite having to work out of sequence to the original programme.
One of the successes was the volume of drawings the team got through in the lead time of the project. There were 410 drawings with MJM managing to submit on average 41 drawings per week for client approval to meet the tight dry dock timescales. These drawings were based upon our scope of 15 No. public spaces refurbished, 131 No. wet units refurbished, 118 No. standard suites refurbished, 6 No. new build suites, 15 No. upper suites fully refurbished as well as all public space corridors and staircases receiving new wall coverings. There was also 5745m2 of new carpet installed by MJM’s carpet and upholstery division.
MJM were tasked with removal of existing bathtubs and installing showers in the 131 No. Wet Unit Refurbishments. To do so they developed an offsite manufactured tray that was pre-plumbed to assist with a fast installation on site. The tray had a metal structure with the linear drains pre-installed and all technical pipework completed below the tray prior to delivery to the ship. This offsite manufacturing process greatly sped up installation.
The client completed a positive customer satisfaction survey covering areas including tender/pre-award performance, design development and approval process, installed finished product, project execution team and project aftercare. MJM have since received further project enquires on the back of this.