Southampton-based ship repair and marine engineering service provider, SMS Group, has completed two pieces of major interior refit work for Holland America Line in the Caribbean and Canada.
These two projects are the first major pieces of work undertaken by SMS since the company developed a ‘boutique’ interior outfit division in 2018, focusing on both Cruise and Commercial tonnage.
Leader of the division, Dan Lockyer, says: “The experience and expertise within my team is exceptional. Completing these first two major projects, on time and on budget, is a tremendous credit to both my colleagues and our customer alike. We’re extremely grateful.
“The Noordam refit, undertaken in the Seaspan yard in Victoria, Canada, was a great success. We had over 20 men onsite, with two project managers, and completed works in 742 cabins. The Volendam was similar, although a slightly smaller project. The works were undertaken in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. It featured 16 men, a project manager, and 196 suites.”
“The Cruise space is becoming more important to SMS from an engineering perspective too,” says Ben Rowe, General Manager of SMS in Southampton. “As a team we specialise not only in outfit but also in the provision of structural, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic support – not only here in Southampton but internationally through the provision of riding squads. As this maritime vertical continues to grow, so too will our support infrastructure.”
The interior outfit pipeline of works within the SMS Group now exceeds circa £3m GBP, evenly split between Cruise and Commercial tonnage.
The SMS Group will be attending Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe, from the 4th to 5th December in Fira Barcelona.