Belfast Telegraph

Refit firm is cruising to €2m payout in liner deal

A specialist construction company has cruised to success with a £2m contract to refit a luxury liner.

Mivan, based in Antrim, will start work on the 2,000-capacity Pacific Pearl in Singapore in November for its client, Carnival Australia.

The latest deal follows its refit of sister ship the Pacific Dawn.

Mivan will overhaul a number of restaurants, cafes and bars on board the Pacific Pearl, and pre-fabrication began at Mivan's manufacturing facility in Antrim this month.

The 63,500-tonne superliner will have her first cruise from Auckland, New Zealand, on December 22, when it will join P&O's fleet of three ships Pacific Dawn, Pacific Sun and Pacific Jewel.

Stephen Mills, Mivan business development director, said: "Mivan has maintained its strategy for the cruise ship sector, keeping dedicated project managers and outfitting teams focused on this market and client base.

"We feel that this has resulted in a better working relationship with the client team and a consistent team structure for every project."

Mivan completed the £1m refit of the Pacific Dawn in June. A spokesman for Mivan said refitting the liner's spa and Salt Grill proved the most challenging aspects of the refit.

Sture Myrmell, vice-president of hotel operations at P&O Cruises Australia, said: "Mivan did an outstanding job in the construction of the new Spa and the Salt Grill, and the response from our passengers has been excellent."

The Mivan Group, which employs around 375 people worldwide, marked its 35th anniversary this year. It has offices in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Mivan's interests include property development, housing, interiors and general construction.

In 2007, the firm opened new offices in London and Romania.