Belfast Telegraph

Cruise ship docks in Belfast for massive refit

By Andrew Madden

A 600ft cruise liner has sailed into Belfast Lough to undergo a multi-million pound refit at the Harland & Wolff shipyard.

The Azamara Pursuit will be getting a complete makeover by Newry-based fit-out company MJM Group.

MJM Group will carry out the refit of the Azamara Pursuit in preparation for its return to sea in August.

Azamara Club Cruises is part of the Miami-based Royal Caribbean corporation, an international firm that operate dozens of cruise liners around the globe.

MJM Group will refurbish the liner's eight decks, completely revamping its interior and preparing it to welcome its full complement of almost 700 passengers.

The bulk of the job will be done in a 30-day period across June and July and will involve some 800 workers.

Although the exact value of the contract has been kept under wraps, it is thought to be worth around £50m.

Richard Twynam, managing director of Azamara UK and Ireland, told the Belfast Telegraph that the firm enjoyed a "great chemistry" with MJM.

"We needed a turnkey solution, so we went out to tender, as you do with these projects, and the nature of the bid from MGM was really outstanding," he said.

"But what we also really liked was the chemistry we've been able to have with MJM as a family-owned Northern Ireland business."

Gary Annett, chief executive of MJM Group, said the contract allowed it to realise its goal of bringing a major refit to a UK port.

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