Research vessel repair job
Oceanographic research vessel ‘Marion Dufresne II’ is set for major repair work at Damen Shiprepair and Conversion’s Dunkirk yard where it will be in dry-dock for six weeks.
The vessel, owned by Les Terres australes et antarctiques français (TAAF) and managed by CMA CGM, will undergo repair work that Damen says will extend its life by a further 20 years, beginning with a replacement of the vessel’s most important scientific apparatus.
“One of the major parts of the work will be the replacement of the vessel’s multi-beam sonar,” said Khalil Benjelloul, head of sales and marketing, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. “For this we will scrap the existing equipment, rebuild the ship’s hull and install a new gondola and control room.”
“Additionally, we will change the ILOT capstan – a system used to take samples – which involves a lot of access work, install a new sewage tank, modify the air-conditioning system and renew the A-frames,” he added.
Marion Dufresne II will also receive a visual overhaul. Damen will completely blast and repaint the hull and some of the ballast tanks, while the vessel’s accommodation for 104 scientific researchers and 46 crew will also be renewed in cooperation with the client’s subcontractor.
Operating out of the Port of La Réunion, the vessel transports passengers and supplies to remote locations of scientific interest around the Indian Ocean. Much of its previous work has involved operating in the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands, in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
Following completion of the project, Marion Dufresne II will return to these remotes areas, sailing first to La Réunion and from there once again to the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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