Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Blu Marine lands £500k ferry upgrade contract

With the P&O Express in the background are (left) Martin Lees, Blu Marine project manager, and Keith
Millar, head of operations for P&O Ferries, Irish Sea
With the P&O Express in the background are (left) Martin Lees, Blu Marine project manager, and Keith Millar, head of operations for P&O Ferries, Irish Sea

Ship outfitting company Blu Marine has been awarded a £500,000 contract to fit out P&O Express, the vessel which operates the Larne to Troon Irish Sea route.

Work on the vessel, which includes full refurbishment of the ship and installation of a new 'Club Lounge' aimed at business travellers, has already started and is expected to be completed in time for a relaunch on March 27.

Martin Lees, project manager, Blu Marine, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract by P&O Ferries to upgrade the entire Express ship both inside and out. We are bringing our unrivalled experience and expertise to the job to ensure we complete the makeover to the highest quality and specifications set by P&O Ferries."

Blu Marine was started in Southampton six years ago but said it is in the process of transferring head office responsibilities to its Belfast office.

It also has a base in Hong Kong, Blu China, which is part of a wider group of companies Blu Marine Security and Blu Technology.

The business lounge will hold 90 passengers and offer free newspapers, drinks and snacks along with a waiter restaurant service.

Keith Millar, head of operations for P&O Ferries, Irish Sea, said: "This refurbishment and installation of the new Club Lounge is a significant investment in our Express service and a very exciting development for P&O Ferries and for the passengers.

"It will offer style, comfort, peace and quiet and above all a first-class on board experience."

Club Lounge tickets booked in advance will cost £12 per person while tickets purchased on board will cost £14 per person.