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Birkenhead based marine engineering specialist SeaKing Electrical has completed a major international schedule of upgrade work on Thomson’s flagship cruise liner ‘Thomson Dream’.

The vessel is the largest and best equipped in the Thomson fleet. At the moment it operates on the travel specialist’s luxurious Caribbean and Mediterranean cruise routes.

SeaKing Electrical carried out a complete electrical upgrade to the vessel’s beauty salon and health club areas to drive energy efficiency. It further delivered a special “mood lighting” scheme on the vessel’s leisure deck to improve passenger experience.

The firm secured the deal through leading marine interior outfitting, refitting and refurbishment company Trimline. The project saw a total of eight electrical engineers delivering work in Tenerife and Hamburg.

SeaKing Electrical Group business development manager Neil Mellenchip said the Thomson installation underlines the firm’s ability to manage high profile programmes of electrical works for cruise industry clients.

“SeaKing Electrical is delighted that its work has been showcased on the ‘platinum upgrade’ of Thomson’s premier cruise ship,” he said. “The work aboard Dream demonstrates SeaKing’s ability to project manage complex electrical installations in a variety of locations to a tight time frame. Two project managers boarded the vessel in Tenerife to begin the work. They stripped out part of the leisure deck and isolated supplies. The vessel then made its way to Hamburg, Germany, for dry-docking. A larger group of SeaKing engineers joined the project there and together they installed a variety of new electrical equipment. Work was carried out while the vessel was dry docked and also in operation. This enabled the project to be completed in time for the ship’s docking in Lisbon, Portugal.”

Mr Mellenchip said work involved installing lighting, power, fire systems, data sockets, telephone lines and public announcement equipment to the beauty salon and massage rooms. SeaKing also installed LED and fluorescent lighting aboard the leisure deck.

Mr Mellenchip said the upgrade work on Thomson’s leading vessel gives the firm an excellent launch pad to target further work in the cruise sector.

“At SeaKing Electrical we understand the demands faced by the cruise industry,” he said. “Each element of our work was planned and designed to complement the schedules of other contractors working on the upgrade. This enabled us to plan an efficient installation programme with minimal disruption to Thomson’s luxury service. The message we want to deliver to cruise operators looking to upgrade and refit vessels is that SeaKing delivers a complete marine electrical engineering solution. Our services include consultation, planning and design to manufacturing, installation and maintenance.”

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