Birkenhead firm secures safety maintenance contract with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has selected leading marine and offshore services company Star International to provide safety maintenance for its three-strong fleet of smaller-sized cruise ships.

The five-year partnership with the Birkenhead firm includes the annual inspection and repair of firefighting systems and life-saving equipment (including SOLAS inflatable lifejackets) onboard the Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral.

Star’s Managing Director, Matthew Ball, commented, “Having worked with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on a number of occasions recently, we were delighted when they approached us for this long-term contract to help safeguard their passengers and crew.

“Regular and rigorous maintenance of onboard safety systems is much more than just a regulatory requirement – it saves lives, and mitigates the disruption and costs involved with accidents at sea.

“We have a great affinity with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ values: like them, Star started out as a family-run business and, as we’ve grown, we’ve retained that people-focused approach, delivering safety servicing packages tailored to the needs of each and every customer.”

Stuart Ferguson, Head of Quality and Resource at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said, “We are really proud to be working with Star International, as two brands with long, rich histories in the marine and maritime fields.

“Safety has always, and will always, be an utmost priority for us, and we look forward to working with Star International on the maintenance of much of our safety equipment in the years to come.”

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