Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock (Seaspan) has announced the completion of work on Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer. This spectacular vessel has an ice-strengthened hull and is designed to safely bring guests to some of the world’s most remote locations where she often needs to push through treacherous ice floes.

Silver Explorer begins her next cruise having received significant investment to further enhance the experience of passengers aboard this ultra-luxury vessel. Silver Explorer arrived in mid-September and remained under the care of Seaspan, which worked collaboratively with local suppliers and other partners selected by Silversea Expeditions to oversee the refit work. This project was a team effort involving 125 contractors working together to complete a variety of upgrades, including the manufacturing and installation of a stabilizer – or ducktail – on the stern.

In addition to assembling a stabilizer, work taking place on the vessel included tank top repairs and changes to some of the tanks’ functionality, propeller repair and polishing, blast and painting work of the underwater hull. Work on the vessel was completed October 11th, on time and on budget. Silver Explorer returned to the ocean that same day.

Through its yards in Victoria and North Vancouver, Seaspan employs approximately two thousand workers dedicated to vessel construction, repair and conversion work of varying size and complexity. At Vancouver Drydock, Seaspan performs regular refit and repair work for a range of predominantly commercial customers.

Seaspan Shipyards is Canada’s non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In this capacity, the company is building ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.