Belfast Telegraph

Marine fit-out firm scoops £2m cruise ship deals


A BELFAST based fit-out company has scooped almost £2m worth of business from cruise ship operators in Germany and Spain.

A rising star in the sector in Northern Ireland – which also includes Mivan and MJM – Blumarine in the UK has carried out work for the likes of ferry giants DFDS and P&O as well as Cunard and Carnival.

With a head office in Salisbury, the firm employs around 12 people at an office at Airport Road in the Belfast harbour estate, which was opened in December.

One contract with German firm AIDA will be carried out in the country in October, while work on a ship for Spanish company Pullmantur, which is majority-owned by Royal Caribbean, will take place in Cadiz at the end of the year.

Blumarine managing director in Northern Ireland, Craig McCoo, said that the company turns over around £6m a year and is on course to win more top jobs.

"The German job in particular is significant because it is the first time AIDA have awarded such work to a company outside of Germany," he said.

"We work on areas like cafes, theatres, discos and bars.

"The work ethic of Northern Ireland companies and our ability to succeed no matter what the obstacle is well recognised across the world and we are capable of doing six months' worth of work in four weeks. It's the quality and attention to detail which helps to win us work.

"We're a small company capable of winning big work orders from big firms and against much bigger competition."

It's been a bumper year for Northern Ireland's fit-out firms.

Earlier this year, Co Antrim fit-out specialist Mivan 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.

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