Saga Sapphire, SAGA Cruises' most recent acquisition, underwent a refit with KNUD E. HANSEN A/S as the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering consultant.
The vessel was built in 1980 by Bremer Vulkan AG Schiffbau, and since then has gone through two major modifications, in 1999 and 2005. The refit with which we were involved, took place in the Fincantieri shipyards in Palermo, Italy, between November 2011 and March 2012. As part of this latest refit, significant parts of the upper decks were either altered or retrofitted. This included the installation of new cabins with balconies, changed restaurant layouts and the installation of elevators to give disabled people access to all areas of the vessel.
KNUD E. HANSEN A/S evaluated the vessel on behalf of SAGA Cruises prior to the purchase. Among the elements analysed were structural integrity, stability, safety and fire protection.
“The choice of KNUD E. HANSEN A/S as the consultant for the project was a feather in our cap”, said Giuseppe Tringali, General Manager of KNUD E. HANSEN A/S in Greece. “We were selected on the basis of our experience as we have been providing marine engineering and project management to similar projects for many years”.
SAGA relied on KNUD E. HANSEN A/S to ensure that the design package conformed to Classification Society and Flag requirements.
“Our engineers made frequent visits to the shipyard during the refit to monitor the progress”, continued Giuseppe Tringali. “There was close cooperation between the yard, interior designers, and classification society through which KNUD E. HANSEN A/S proactively met concerns and issues early on and during the build process”.
The work on the Saga Sapphire also included all system drawings and documentation of the electrical, piping and HVAC systems for the modified areas. This documentation was supplied to the classification society for approval.
RPW of London have been responsible for the interior design. The makeover was done by FINCANTIERI in their Palermo yard in Italy. Saga Sapphire is under Germanischer Lloyd's Class and sails under the Maltese Flag.