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Mivan cruises into new year after multi-million pound ship contracts

A Co Antrim fit-out company has finished work on two high-profile cruise ship contracts.

Mivan completed more than £8m worth of interiors work in the industry during 2011, including recently completed projects on the liners Queen Mary 2 and Star Princess.

The Star Princess was the second ship in the Princess Cruises fleet that Mivan had worked on during 2011 having successfully completed refurbishment work to the Grand Princess in May at the Grand Bahamas Shipyard.

Work on the Star Princess included the construction of an on-board steak house.

Mivan's directly employed outfitting team carried out the work on the vessel at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for three weeks during November and December.

The re-fit for the Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 was carried out over two weeks in November and December at the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Germany.

Mivan had previously worked on the ship in 2006 making modifications to the Britannia Restaurant.

The refurbishment is in preparation for the eighth birthday of the ship and Mivan provided ship wide upgrades of the public areas including a pub.

The off-site pre-fabrication for these projects took place at Mivan's manufacturing facility in Antrim.

The firm also worked on the Grand Princess, Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity and the P-amp;O Adonia last year.

Business development director Stephen Mills said that 2011 was a strong year for the cruise ship industry despite the global economic climate.

"We are delighted to continue working with long standing clients Cunard Line and Princess Cruises and we aim to continue this success through to 2012," he said.