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February 22, 2002

Canadian yard wins cruise ship drydockings 
According to the Victoria, British Columbia, Times Colonist five large cruise ships will be drydocked at Victoria Shipyards this spring and fall for major refits costing Canadian $1 million to C$2 million apiece.

The Dawn Princess will arrive May 9 and will be followed by four more in September and October, the newspaper quotes the yard's general manager Malcolm Barker, as saying.

Barker said Victoria Shipyards, part of the Vancouver-based Washington Marine Group, has "good indications" up to 2005. Word from the cruise lines is to expect a minimum of four ships a year for refits.

Each ship will spend 10 days in the graving dock in Esquimalt as work goes on round the clock, seven days a week

Coming in the fall, after finishing the Alaska run and before their positioning cruises back down south, says the newspaper, are Mercury, Sun Princess, Crystal Harmony and Zaandam. Regal Princess will dock in North Vancouver for a refit by Victoria Shipyards sister company Vancouver Shipyards.