Azamara Pursuit has docked at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast for her refurbishment project ahead of her August debut.
The Newry-based MJM Group will work on the Azamara Pursuit over the next three months and it’s also the largest project of its kind in many years in a UK port.
Gary Annett, CEO, MJM Group said: “We are delighted to welcome the Azamara Pursuit safely to Belfast following its two-week journey from the Bahamas. Watching her berth at Harland and Wolff is the fulfilment of long held ambition of MJM Group founder and Chair Brian McConville to bring a project of this scale to Belfast. This truly is historic not just for MJM Group but for the marine industry and there is a real sense that the eyes of the marine world are firmly on us and on Northern Ireland.
“This has the potential to open up Belfast for further work of this scale and to offer a major boost to the local economy. At any given time in the next couple of months there may be up to 800 of our people and crew working on the ship. We want all of these people, if they are not familiar with this part of the world, to experience some of what Northern Ireland and Belfast has to offer.”
Richard Twynam, Azamara Club Cruises Managing Director, UK and Ireland: “We’ve seen unprecedented support from the UK market for Azamara Pursuit, so we are delighted to show our recognition of this by allowing its transformational journey to take place here in Belfast. With the christening taking place in Southampton, and the maiden voyage departing from Southampton too, the UK is playing a key part in the ship’s story and so we’re thrilled that the refit is taking place at Harland & Wolff.”
Azamara Pursuit will sail to Southampton at the end of July ahead of her maiden voyage from Southampton to Norway on 1 August 2018.