Palfinger Marine completes first cruise drydocks after spring

Allure of The SeasWorking in a global team effort, Palfinger’s US based cruise service experts were finally able to attend to “Allure of the Seas” after this year’s spring drydock season had stopped to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic.

Eleven technicians from PALFINGER’s US service office travelled to Naventia’s shipyard in Cádiz, Spain, to join the five LSA- and seven refinishing technicians from PALFINGER Spain.

The team refinished the canopies on 18 lifeboats, which can carry up to 370 people each, and conducted the 5-yearly inspection on the boats and release gear. This includes cleaning and maintaining the release hooks as well as inspecting the boats according to MSC.402 and other regulations required by class and flag. On top of that, PALFINGER’s dedicated service team re-piped 20 winches. After only 30 days, the job was successfully completed.

PALFINGER’s perseverance in the pandemic

“Manpower, schedules and locations are battles we are used to fighting in our daily business. COVID-19, though, posed an entirely new challenge. Nonetheless, our perseverance during this difficult time has prevailed. Slowly but surely, we were able to resume our work after the lock down, starting with the first successful service job for Allure of the Seas”, says Josh Lozano, PALFINGER’s Operations Manager based in Florida.

“Having completed this job, we utilized our PALFINGER Italy office for a cruise drydock in Palermo, Italy, and the PALFINGER Singapore office for another one in Singapore”, says Josh Lozano about further service jobs in the pipeline. “In addition, with the help of PALFINGER UK, we have also been able to complete three ‘5-yearlys’ and five annual inspections of boats and release gear”, he concludes.


As a global partner for innovative and reliable deck equipment and lifesaving appliances, PALFINGER’s marine business supplies high-quality products to fulfill standardized and customized demands. Supported worldwide by a network of experienced and skilled specialists, we provide flexible and efficient service solutions. Our portfolio gives a competitive edge for customers in the maritime and offshore industry.


For many years PALFINGER (CEO Andreas Klauser) has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative lifting solutions for use on commercial vehicles and in the maritime field. As a multinational group headquartered in Bergheim, Austria, the PALFINGER Group, which has approx. 11,000 employees, generated total sales of approx. EUR 1,754 million in 2019.

The Group has manufacturing and assembly facilities in Europe, CIS, North and South America, as well as Asia. The pillars of its corporate strategy are innovation, internationalization, enhanced flexibility of products, services and processes, and PALFINGER 21st (the development of smart solutions and innovative, data-based business models). PALFINGER is regarded not only as the market leader, but also the technology leader, in the global market for hydraulic loader cranes. With a network of more than 5,000 sales and service centres located in over 130 countries across all continents, PALFINGER is always in proximity to its customers.

(Palfinger Marine)