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Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Arctic cruise vessel Silver Explorer has left Seaspanís Vancouver Drydock following the successful completion of upgrade work. The 6130gt Silversea Expeditionsí vessel drydocked mid-September for an extensive refit.

Seaspan, which worked collaboratively with local suppliers and other partners selected by Silversea Expeditions to oversee the refit work. This project was truly a team effort involving 125 contractors working together to complete a variety of upgrades, including the manufacturing and installation of a stabiliser – or ducktail – on the stern of the ice strengthened ship.

In addition to assembling a stabiliser, work taking place on the vessel included tank top repairs and changes to some of the tank’s functionality, propeller repair and polishing, blast and painting work of the underwater hull. Work on the vessel was completed October 11th, on time and on budget.

Ad Bertens, Business Development Director, Seaspan Shipyards, said: “The exploration cruise vessel market is one that Seaspan Shipyards is well placed to support. With our shipyards based in Vancouver and Victoria located minutes away from the Cruise Terminals where these vessels start and end their Arctic Cruises, we occupy a strategic position that is supporting Canada’s role in the broader maritime economy.”

Through its yards in Victoria and North Vancouver, Seaspan employs approximately two thousand workers dedicated to vessel construction, repair and conversion work of varying size and complexity.

Paul Hebson, Vice President and General Manager of Vancouver Drydock, said: “Our company is proud to have worked on the Silver Explorer. The enhancements to this unique vessel are the latest example of the world-class work taking place at Vancouver Drydock. Exciting projects like this enable Seaspan to create and sustain highly-skilled, middle-class jobs here in our community of North Vancouver. We look forward to welcoming the next exciting project to Vancouver Drydock and building on the unique work that was accomplished.”


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