Imtech Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik has been awarded a contract to carry out the renovation and expansion of the climate technology on board the second cruise vessel of TUI Cruises, ‘Mein Schiff 2’.

The vessel, which previously served under the name ‘Celebrity Mercury’, will be acquired by TUI Cruises at the end of February 2011. After renovation, it will go into service under the new name ‘Mein Schiff 2’ in May 2011. The vessel was built in 1997 at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg (Germany) and at the time, Imtech supplied and installed the climate technology.

During the renovation in the spring of 2011 the cruise vessel will be upgraded and modernised for its new role as a ‘wellness vessel’. To this end, the intention is for example that the spa and fitness facilities will be expanded extensively and the restaurant and catering facilities onboard will be redesigned and extended. Multiple balconies and verandas will also be added to the ship.

Total refit of the Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning

As part of the renovation of the ship, Imtech Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik will refit the complete Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems, thereby making a considerable contribution to the comfort of the passengers and crew on board ‘Mein Schiff 2’. The renovation of the ship will already commence during the crossing from Baltimore on America’s east coast. The christening of the ship is planned on May 14, 2011.

“For every party involved in this conversion project, similar planning and logistical challenges arose to those we experienced two years ago during the renovation of the ‘Celebrity Galaxy’” commented Sven Hanke, Manager Service/Refit of Imtech Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik. “ ‘Celebrity Galaxy’ was renamed ‘Mein Schiff 1’ after its renovation, the first ship of TUI Cruises. With a renovation like this, it is a big advantage to know the vessel well, right from the new building phase. An additional success factor is that our team has the ability to adapt quickly to work according to the processes of the conversion yard, as well cooperating with other companies in the project and at the same time, remain flexible.”