Cruiser Marella Dream Arriving for Repair at Viktor Lenac Shipyard in 2020

Lauren Simmonds

The state of Croatian shipbuilding has been far from healthy over the last few years, with things reaching boiling point with the large Pula shipyard Uljanik, who saw its workers strike owing to not being paid. Rijeka’s 3 Maj has also struggled endlessly, but as 3 Maj contracts its first vessel in over four years, and as the Viktor Lenac shipyard, also in Rijeka, has a cruiser coming to it for repairs early next year, could things slowly be heading in the right direction?

As Morski writes on the 30th of December, 2019, it isn’t uncomming to see vessels belonging to Marella Cruises docked in Rijeka, and nobody bats an eyelid since these vessels are regular guests of the City of Rijeka during almost every season. This past season, Rijeka’s residents saw the Marella Celebration cruiser, and they will get to see it once again next year.

However, early next year, more precisely on January the 6th, 2020, Rijeka’s citizens will get to see the 243 metre long Marella Dream cruiser, which will be arriving not owing to pleasure but on business, at the Viktor Lenac shipyard for a very extensive overhaul.

As yet, the details of the deal struck between the aforementioned large cruise company and Rijeka’s Viktor Lenac shipyard haven’t been publicly revealed, but it has been pointed out that Viktor Lenac’s expert workers are going to overhaul the vessel in order to see the condition of the ship and to ensure that their clientele receives the highest possible standard of service.

According to the portal Ships in Rijeka (Brodovi u Rijeci) from sources close to the Viktor Lenac shipyard, the ship will go to berth 10 and then after that, it will be moved to Dock 11.

Over 100 tonnes of steel (formwork, decks, tanks), the rudder, valves, the main engine, the ventilation system, formwork painting and other standard works are expected to take place at Viktor Lenac during 2020’s maiden month, and the current deadline for the completion of the work on the vessel is February the 22nd, 2020.

The last overhaul of Marella Dream was done last year in Cadiz in Spain and lasted for twelve days in total, and the shipowner plans to sail this vessel by the year 2024.

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