RMS Queen Mary 2 set for extensive Blohm + Voss refit
by Chris Jefferies
Cunard Line flagship RMS Queen Mary 2 is set to undergo her most extensive refit to date at the Blohm + Voss shipyard.
The 345 metre ocean liner was expected to arrive into Hamburg on May 27 for a three-week refit in the Elbe 17 dry dock.
The Blohm + Voss team will be fitting or remodelling 50 cabins in line with this year’s master refit.
Fred van Beers, chief executive officer at Blohm+Voss, said: “In the past years, we have managed to gain a good international reputation with orders from the cruise liner industry.
“In this area, we are especially known for our performance during complex remodelling and modernisations with ambitious deadlines.”
He added that Blohm + Voss carried out ten cruise ship refits in 2015 alone. This is the sixth time that the German superyacht yard has worked on RMS Queen Mary 2 in the past 11 years.
Modifications will include new bulkheads for added damage stability, and with environmental protection in mind, she will also be getting upgraded scrubbers and a new layer of eco-friendly hull coating.
Maintenance work will also take place on the four stabilisers, four pod drives and three bow thrusters. Meanwhile, the hotel, entertainment and gastronomy areas will be getting an update as well.
Following the Blohm + Voss refit, she will set off on a ten-day transatlantic cruise from Hamburg to New York, via Southampton.
Launched in 2003, RMS Queen Mary 2 succeeded the 293 metre Queen Elizabeth 2 as the flagship of the Cunard Line.