Alewijnse completes ‘Marion Dufresne II’ refit

Oceanographic vessel 'Marion Dufresne II' will work for its French owners for another 20 years after its refit Oceanographic vessel 'Marion Dufresne II' will work for its French owners for another 20 years after its refit

Oceanographic research vessel ‘Marion Dufresne II’ has completed a major refit in its twentieth anniversary year, with work – including an electrical conversion by Alewijnse Marine Systems – set to extend the vessel’s life for a further 20 years.

During a four month stay at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque from April to July, the French scientific research vessel underwent a refit that included extensive work on her hull, machinery, public spaces and scientific equipment. Alewijnse’s tasks included the overhauling of a number of electrical motors and the electrical disconnection of an A-frame.

The company was also responsible for the installation, connection and pre-commissioning of a new capstan winch installation and a watertight door; the cleaning of transformers; and the inspection of 24V DC battery chargers and their batteries. The disconnection and reconnection of the navigation lights and handling booms was also part of the assignment, along with the inspection of the onboard uninterruptible power supply system.

Sebastien Gosselin, assistant project manager at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque, said: “Alewijnse worked well and fast. As always we compared them with two other companies when soliciting bids and they once again offered the best price-to-quality ratio together with excellent performance and reliability.”

Marion Dufresne II is owned by L’Institut polaire français Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) and Les Terres australes et antarctiques françaises (TAAF), and is managed by CMA CGM.  The 120.5m vessel is equipped with a full suite of geophysical facilities and has unique capabilities for raising long sediment cores, up to 60m in length.

The ship was by Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre (Normandy) and delivered in 1995.

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