Trimline and Marella Cruises have teamed up again on the recent refurbishment of ‘Marella Explorer’ in Puerto Real, Spain.
During the extensive four-week refit, as the main outfitter, the 80-strong Trimline team, which included floor layers, decorators, joiners, upholsterers, tilers, electricians, french polishers, welders and hard surface repairers, completed the refurbishment of the main restaurant (Latitude & Vista).
This included the installation of an ultra-high efficiency lighting system, which is claimed to be 15% more efficient than standard LED drivers. Changing the existing lighting to this system saves 130 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Other areas refurbished by the team were Indigo, which involved the installation of a fully interactive LED dance floor; The Mediterranean Bar, which included the recovering of all loose seats and sofas; Squid & Anchor; The Hideout; Pool Deck; The Attic; Umi Sushi; Cinema; Broadway Show Lounge; Coffee Port; Lounge; Bar 53; The Shack; Destination Services; Cruise Holiday Store; plus the carpeting of 60 cabins.
One of the refit’s key success factors was the use of Trimline’s new app (TAPP), which now runs the entire business. A first, TAPP provides a method for Trimline, its customers, suppliers and contractors, to work collaboratively towards the end-goal of a project, on time and on budget.
TAPP helped in several ways during this extensive refit, including:
• Progress monitoring – having visibility of live progress at all times gave Trimline and Marella a more realistic view of project stage and progress.
• Planned versus actual resource – as tasks were broken down, it was possible to quickly see where they were with planned versus real-time resource hours.
• Purchase status – having one easy-to-access location for all purchases enabled the project management team to see where everything was in the ordering process and where all materials were.
• People movement – the fully automated checking in and out system gave the team an efficient way to monitor people’s movement on board.
• Contractor portal – as all contractors had access to the portal, they were able to read and sign all documentation, including risks assessments, before joining the ship. This saved considerable time when everyone joined the ship and it also made it quick and easy to see whether any forms were missing. During their time on board, contractors were able to quickly access all their required travel and working documentation from the TAPP hub.
Marella Cruises’ Hotel Refurbishment Manager, Matt Easton, said “Trimline’s team did a great job during the latest update on board ‘Marella Explorer’ with fantastic project management skills. By using TAPP, I had constant access to live data, allowing me to see exactly where Trimline were against their plan and when an area was ready for sign off. We had total transparency throughout the project which gave us confidence that we would complete on-schedule.”