Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Fit-out firm Mivan on cruise control after £8m deals

Shore thing: Mivan is a major player in the international outfitting market for luxury cruise ships like the Pacific Jewel

Co Antrim fit-out specialist Mivan has scooped a whopping £8m worth of luxury cruise ship contracts on the back of a trade show in the USA in March.

The majority of the contracts are with current customers, Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia and the wins follow on from Mivan's participation at the Cruise Shipping Miami event.

Work aboard the Pacific Jewel for Carnival Australia starts in August of this year, with design development, procurement and manufacturing already commenced.

The refit will take place in Sydney, Australia, over a three-week period with jobs including conversion of a spa to a nightclub, a kids area fit-out and modifications to some of the suites. Mivan is working closely with London-based interior designer SMC Design. Mivan played a major part in the previous refit of the Pacific Jewel, back in 2009.

One of the larger refits is for client Crystal Cruises on the Crystal Serenity, which follows on from Mivan's successful refits on the Crystal Symphony and Serenity in previous years.

The largest of the contracts is with existing customer Princess Cruises on the Sun Princess. Workers will carry out a conversion from its existing layout into a new spa, sushi bar and international café.

The refit will take place in August this year in Singapore, while procurement and design development is already under way at Mivan's head office in County Antrim.

At the Cruise Shipping Miami trade show, Mivan also launched its 'Mivan Super Yacht Interiors' brand and is in discussion with a number of yards and yacht designers to price a number of these opportunities in the coming months.

Mivan's new Southampton office in the UK continues its focus on the cruise, ferry and yacht refurbishment markets and is currently delivering an interiors maintenance service for Carnival UK on five of its ships.

In the UK, Mivan remains strong in the London prime residential, hotel and commercial office sectors. Work is continuing at 6 Bevis Marks in the City of London and Mivan is due to complete contracts at Heathrow airport this year.

Happy customer Greg MacGarva, vice president of marine operations at Crystal Cruises, said it is good to be working alongside Mivan once again.

"Their strong offering of design development and in-house manufacture, combined with very capable site supervision, makes them a key player in the global outfitting market," he said.