June 2016 Issue Queen Mary 2 set for Extensive Blohm + Voss Refit

WORK ETHIC : To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. WORK so done is a means to the end, and God is the end. – Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

‘KNOWLEDGE’ without ‘PRACTICE’ accompanying it is “SUPERIOR” to Practice without KNOWLEDGE “Practice” with Knowledge, is superior to Knowledge without Practice accompanying it.

SHEER HABIT: Moral Excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts. Temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. – Aristotle

Commit or Complain: Invariably we find people who are powerful, are those who operate from commit-ment. And those who are powerless, always operate from complaint. – Swami Sukhabodhananda

AUM SHANTI: O Brahmn, lead us from the unreal to the real. Lead us from darkness to light. Lead us from death to immortality.Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Aum. – Brhadaranyaka Upanishad

YOUR REWARD: The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits, his emigration was for what he emigrated for. – Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith

CHOOSE WISELY: With an open mind, seek and listen to all the highest ideals. Consider the most enlightened thoughts. Then choose your path, person by person, each for oneself. – Zoroaster

HUMAN EVOLUTION: Human evolution has two steps – from being somebody to being nobody; and from being nobody to being  everybody. This knowledge can bring sharing and caring throughout the world. – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

ONE & MANY: Nations are many, but EARTH is one. Beings are many, but Breath is one, Stars are many but Sky is one. Oceans are many, but Water is one; Religions are many, but God is one; Jewels are many, but Gold is one. Appearances are many, but Reality is one. – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

TRULY FREE: A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is only free. – Arthur Schopenhauer


On May 27, at 8:00 PM, the Queen Mary 2 docked at Blohm+Voss at dry dock ELBE 17, well-known to the ocean liner. There, the flagship of the long-established British shipping company Cunard Line will undergo the largest refit program since being brought into service. It is the sixth time that the Queen Mary 2 docks at Blohm+Voss. A total of 50 new cabins are fitted or remodeled in line with this year’s master refit, 35 of them in the front section of deck 13.

In addition, Blohm+Voss has prefabricated several steel deck sections with a total weight of approx. 200 tons that will also be installed on deck 13 by the shipyard’s specialists; furthermore, comprehensive modernizations in the hotel, entertainment and gastronomy areas of the ocean liner are part of the current construction schedule.

Fred van Beers, Chief Executive Officer at Blohm+Voss, explains, “We are proud to carry out such an extensive master refit on the Queen Mary 2. In the past years, we have managed to gain a good international reputation with orders from the cruise liner industry. In this area, we are especially known for our performance during complex remodeling and modernizations with ambitious deadlines. In 2015, we prepared 10 cruise liners future this way.”