Initially a complete build specification and design review was carried out by the NAS team at pre-contractual stage and our involvement followed through the build process with supervision on behalf of the owners carried out from material cutting, assembly and outfitting through to the final testing and sea trials. The vessels were built at Isle of Wight Shipyards in the UK and represented a bold leap forward for the operators of the vessels who sought to modernise their fleet by optimising capacity and drastically reducing emissions through new generation engines and low resistance hulls. The order was the biggest commissioned to the builder at the time and thus represented logistical and timing challenges which we sought to iron out despite the significant hurdles posed by the sudden Covid-19 pandemic.
The four units were delivered to LR Class with the two larger vessels being certified to the EU Passenger Ship Directive (2009/45/EC) under Malta flag. NAS surveyors attended for the contract sea trials until vessels acceptance and handover to the owners. On entering into service our engineers periodically monitored performance through the warranty period following up to all parties concerned as applicable