There is a big cruise ship in town but no rest and relaxation for those on board.
As many as 1500 people are working feverishly inside and out on the Celebrity Millennium.
The massive vessel is at the Victoria Shipyards til May 11th undergoing extensive repairs and renovations.
Crews are working 10-12 hour shifts, 7 days a week on propulsion and steerage systems, inside there’s a new staircase and new audio visual centre to be constructed.
There’s also regular maintenance of the 15 year old ship and a new paint job. 125-thousand square feet of paint is being removed with help of four robots.
Joe O’Rourke says much of the work is turned over to robots.
“They brought out their four robots which are basically crawlers that go up and down the hull and remove the paint.
So it’s a much quicker system its enclosed in terms that it keeps all the the material coming off it.
So we capture all the waste while we’re doing it there’s a labour savings, there’s a time savings and without robotics we couldn’t possibly do what we need to do in the time we have available.”
The robots and these hardworking folks won’t be slowing down any time soon.
36 hours after the Millennium sets sail, another ship is set to arrive at the Victoria Shipyards.
The baseline contract for a cruise ship refit of this sort is about 5 million dollars.