Two important contracts for Damen yard
Damen Shipyards Group’s Scheldepoort yard has been awarded two substantial contracts; one from the Royal Netherlands Navy to upgrade the machinery on four frigates, and the other to convert a jack-up rig into an accommodation vessel.
The work on the four air defence and command frigates involves modernisation and upgrading of the propeller shaft lines and generator sets. The ships were originally built by Damen about 12 years ago, and the modified CP propeller systems will make the ships faster, more fuel efficient, quieter and more environmentally friendly. The new gensets, four on each vessel, will be supplied by Wärtsilä, while the electrical and automation work will be carried out in cooperation with Imtech Marine.
The job is being carried out to a tight schedule, with the first ship, De Zeven Provinciën, arriving in August 13 and the second in early 2013, with the last two arriving in 2014. Each vessel is expected to take 70 to 80 days to complete.
The jack-up rig Shelf Explorer is being converted by Damen Scheldepoort into offshore hotel accommodation. The accommodation unit will be renamed Atlantic Amsterdam. It is owned by Atlantic Amsterdam of Singapore, a subsidiary of Ezion Holdings. This is Scheldepoort’s second such conversion, having done a similar job on Atlantic Labrador in 2011. Damen says this type of conversion work is becoming more common following the introduction of new safety regulations.
The Atlantic Amsterdam arrived in Rotterdam from Singapore onboard the Dockwise Heavy Lift Vessel Black Marlin and was then towed to Vlissingen. The derricks and drilling installation, including the mud pumps and tanks, sliding piece and cement installations, cabling and piping were removed and work has begun on fitting a new accommodation block for about 135 people, previously prefabricated in Vlissingen, and refurbishing the existing accommodation. New life saving boats will be installed and stabiliser pumps fitted. Work is expected to be completed in October. Project manager is Nordica Offshore and Alewijnse will be handling the electrical systems work.
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