Maritime Propeller Repairs BV, a member of the MPS group (Maritime Propulsion Services), and associate company of S-T Diesel and Marine Group, has taken on an inspection and potential repair job for the well-known MS Zuiderdam cruise ship, owned and operated by Holland America Line.
The MS Zuiderdam is the lead ship of Vista class vessels built by Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Italy, and named as such due to the extensive use of glass in their superstructure. (The ships are designed so that eighty-five percent of the staterooms have ocean views and sixty-seven percent have verandas). The ship is sister to three other HAL ships: Oosterdam, Westerdam and Noordam – the Dutch language words for the four directions of the compass. Zuiderdam is equipped with a diesel-electric power plant featuring five (three 16-cylinder and two 12-cylinder) Sulzer ZAV40S diesel engines and an Azipod propulsion system.
With a tonnage of 81,769 GT (10,965 DWT), length of 291 metres and a beam of 32 metres, the MS Zuiderdam requires equally enormous blades to propel it. Each blade commissioned for repair by MPR has a weight of 5100kg, and are to be transported to the MPR workshop in Drunen in the Netherlands from Palermo, Sicily, by 2 trucks.
Gert Hendriksen, Managing Director of Maritime Propulsion Services has said that if the blades do not receive class approval for repair, MPR will be able to offer brand new blades for the Zuiderdam.
The extensive project was picked up at the SMM in Hamburg last year.