M.S. Charles Dickens

Gepubliceerd op 03-02-2015

Having barely recovered from the delivery of a luxury river cruiser, Bijlsma Shipyard was given the challenge of building another river cruiser. This latest ship that is to be built will be a copy of the ship that was delivered in May of last year, the “William Shakespeare”, and once again the assignment to build it has come from Select Voyage A.G.This is a nice assignment for Bijlsma Shipyard.The Charles Dickens is to be delivered to the customer at the end of June. This means that Bijlsma Shipyard is in for an intense period.The Charles Dickens is a five-star river cruiser. It will run between Rotterdam and Basel (Switzerland). The Moselle, Danube, and adjoining rivers will be amongst the cruising area of these ships.

Additional information about the m.s. Charles Dickens.

Principal Dimensions

Length overall : 110 m
Breadth : 11.45 m
Depth : 2.75 m


Passengers : 152
Crew members : 43
Passenger cabins : 76
Crew cabins : 23
Fuel : 110 m3
Fresh water : 210 m3
Water ballast : 330 m3

Power and Propulsion

Main engines : 2x 746 kW
Max speed : 22 km/h

In October, we started drawing up the construction timetable. Given that the construction period for this ship is a good month shorter than the construction period for the sister ship we could not use the existing construction timetable. In order to ensure that the interior fitters and other contractors can get to work as quickly as possible on the hotel part, we have devised a different construction sequence. We have given 3D Ship in Grave the assignment of producing a new nesting of the steel plates, so that Snijtech in Joure can supply the steel parts as we have planned in the new construction timetable.

Snijtech began delivering the steel at the start of December and we were able to get to work straight away. Currently, we have 50 people in the yard and we are extremely busy working on the steel. At various locations within our Shipyard we are hard at work preparing and sub-assembling a variety of parts of the ship. From here, we transport these elements to the welding shed and the dock floor, where the parts are assembled to make a complete section. The sections are positioned on the floor of the dock and welded together.

Halfway through March, the subcontractors start, and at the end of May the ship will be finished to such an extent that it can be taken outside. Over the following four weeks, it will be given the Finishing Touch.

Sea trials will take place on the IJsselmeer, overseen by Bureau Veritas.

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