To her charter clients she is made for the most phenomenal vacations, absolutely breathtaking and truly spectacular, to the global superyacht community she is one of the world’s top pics to chart, to us she is a successfully accomplished challenge.
Custom-made in 2006 and refitted to exacting standards in 2018, this magnificent 240ft/ 73m superyacht, that flaunts a timeless and sophisticated silhouette jam-packed with a wealth of modern amenities, has called upon Palumbo SY Refit Marseille for her 15-year Class Survey.
A well-worn request for the seasoned team operating at the yard…except that on this occasion they were given less than 2 months to complete such a laborious job in accordance with the strict rules set out by Lloyd’s.
Led by Charlotte Badamo as Project Manager, assisted by Lucas Delahaye and by Julien Boulard as Project Coordinator, the yard squad aided by the excellent facilities got down to the unenviable task and, burning the midnight oil, in the record time of 57 days managed to get the whole project wrapped up.
Only to name a few, here are some of the major items that were checked and serviced:
– shaft lines, cutlass bearings renewal, machining one shaft line,
– bow thruster,
– electrical boards cleaning,
– all through-hull valves, new flanges on hull piping,
– sea chest piping renewal, access holes in engine room bilges,
– all tanks cleaned & inspected and 2 were sandblasted. Metal repairs & paint touch-ups to 3 additional tanks,
– hull thickness testing,
– replacement of spray cooler & exhaust piping of the 3 generators,
– renewal of exhaust insulation of main engines & generators,
– alternator replacement on 2 generators, rotor shaft rebuilt, emergency generator serviced,
– replacement of some metal plating;
– interior works (cinema in Bridge Deck salon),
– endoscopy to main engines & gearboxes,
– complete overhaul service & repainting of aft gangway & side boarding ladder,
– renewal of hydraulic flexible hoses,
– duct cleaning (galley).
Understandably, while out of the water additional maintenance and upkeep items unconnected with the survey were conveniently tackled at the same time.
So, thanks to the amazing and dedicated crew aboard Titania guided by Captain Jacques Heymann, Chief Engineer Kyle Rooke and by their “you are only as good as your team” mindset, were successfully carried out improvements to the yacht such as: interior varnishing, marble works, tender painting, engineering operations, etc…
Also, it was through their positive and proactive attitude that some fairly thorny Lloyd’s issues were overcome.
Undoubtedly, this project outlined how team work, having each other’s backs, time keeping and always maintaining the right approach work wonders especially when push come to shove.
As for the discerning guests who’ve planned to start 2021 in style with a luxury cruise in the Caribbean aboard Titania, they may rest assured that never has a charter yacht been as safe and comfortable a heaven as this is now.
photo credit @Sigrun Sauerzapfe aka SIGGI