Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Scrubber Installations on Grimaldi ropax CRUISE BONARIA and CRUISE OLYMPIA – 2019

During the end of 2019 Grimaldi Group’s ropax CRUISE BONARIA and CRUISE OLYMPIA were at Palumbo Malta Shipyard in order to undergo their annual scheduled repairs as well as to have scrubber units installed. In fact at the same time there was also CRUISE OLBIA (Arriving 15th November) at the Palumbo Shipyard in Messina doing the same installations being the third ship of the Grimaldi’s Mediterranean fleet to undergo the specific works. In order to meet the IMO’s sulphur cap in 2020, Grimaldi plans to retrofit her entire fleet with scrubbers.

The first ship that arrived was the 2001 built ropax CRUISE BONARIA of which upon her arrival she entered Dock 4 with her bow out having her shafts repaired too.

. On Friday 11th October scrubber installations were seen being fitted and on Monday 4 th November she was seen berthed port side alongside to Factory Wharf.

Meanwhile the 2010 built ropax CRUISE OLYMPIA entered Dock 6 on her arrival undergoing her scrubber conversion amongst other repairs.

Her funnel was cut in two so the scrubber installation works were done.

She was built at Fincantieri Castellamare, Castellamare di Stabia, Italy for Minoan Lines. On Monday 4th November 2019 she was spotted berthing port side alongside Parlatorio Wharf while repair works were in progress.

And on Friday 29th November 2019 she emerged with all scrubbers installed within her funnel.

Grimaldi is represented in Malta by Sullivan Maritime Ltd –

Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos –

Published – Thursday 7th May, 2020