MS Evrima to be towed to dry dock for painting works

As planned, although a week late with respect to the last planning, the ultra – luxury cruise ship, Evrima, built by Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard will be towed to dry dock in the next few days…

As planned, although a week late with respect to the last planning, the ultra – luxury cruise ship, Evrima, built by Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard will be towed to dry dock in the next few days to proceed with the painting work on the living work, dead work and superstructure. It will be accompanied by the VB Hispania, a 45-meter-long tug from the Boluda company with a pulling power of 105 tons.

This ship, with the Maltese flag, will arrive this Wednesday at the port of Vigo, according to FARO, and will bring the Sato Asturias platform with it from Cartagena.

Everything is almost ready for the Evrima, with its 190 meters in length, proceed to one of the last milestones in its construction process, and with an eye on July 24, the date chosen by the Cruise Yacht Upper Holdco shipping company – also owner of Barreras, and that uses The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as a trade name – for its maiden voyage.

There is the tugboat and there is also the provisional permit for its transfer; what is not decided is the destination shipyard. Navantia Ferrol or Santander?

A delegation of six people, led by the executive CEO of Barreras, Douglas Prothero, was yesterday at the facilities of the Cantabrian shipyard. According to the sources consulted by this newspaper, the decision of which shipyard the premium cruise will take will not be made until today.

A Navantia spokeswoman, when asked by FARO, confirmed yesterday that negotiations between both parties were continuing.

The fact that the Evrima sailing to the towed drydock is an exceptional occurrence, as shipyards always take advantage of this move for sea trials. But the Evrima can’t do it.

Merchant Marine stipulates that any ship must be controlled from the bridge, but today not all consoles are installed, and it is necessary to proceed with their connection and verification.

It is foreseeable that assistants will travel to Ferrol or Santander to continue the construction work on board during the month that, according to the company’s management, will take time to return to Vigo.

However, several assistants were commissioned to deliver a report or budget to evaluate how much the cost of their work would amount to far from Barreras, as we could verify with documents, to finish off the cruise directly at another shipyard. Official sources of the company have denied it.

Regardless of the decision regarding the destination dry dock, the Hijos de J. Barreras staff proceeded last weekend to carry out stability tests on the ship. It was about some excercises of weighing tests, which consist of the arrangement of concrete blocks on the sides to measure the balance period of the ship . These were some estimating exercises, since the 1705 construction of the shipyard still lacks more than 1,000 tons to be completed.

FRANK GONZALEZ

I am an active crew member, and passionate person for the cruise industry, I work as Assistant Waiter for Royal Caribbean, and started this project while stucked at home during the pandemic. Thank you for your support.

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