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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Refit Contract News

A&P Tyne Gets Refit Contract

A&P Tyne Ltd, part of A&P Group Ltd, has been awarded the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) refit contract on RFA Fort Austin for the UK Ministry of Defense. The contract is to carry out planned maintenance and capability enhancements to this auxiliary fleet replenishment ship, built on the Clyde in 1975. The vessel arrived in Tyneside and moored alongside the Bede Quay at the Hebburn yard on July 23 and docked down on August 15. The total contract period is 103 days and will employ at peak over 400 personnel with an A&P core workforce of approximately 200. RFA Fort Austin has been in continuous service with the RFA Flotilla since 1978 and has seen service in the Falklands war in 1982…

RFA Fort Rosalie Contract Awarded to A&P Tyne

A&P Tyne has won the latest refit contract involving ships operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) - to carry out the 4-month refit of the fleet supply vessel RFA Fort Rosalie in their Wallsend yard. The contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD), which will began on June 15, has secured 500 jobs for the duration of the refit. This contract follows the recent successful refit and repairs carried out aboard the RFA Fort Victoria, which also drydocked at A&P Tyne earlier this year. While in dry dock and alongside the repair berth, the RFA Fort Rosalie will undergo a major repair program including rudder repairs, an extensive painting program…

Cammell Laird Receives Major Refit Contract

Cammel Laird was awarded a major UK Ministry of Defence ship refit contract involving the mid life extension of the diesel electric powered Oceanographic Research Vessel RMAS Newton, originally built in 1976 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co, Greenock Scotland. Birkenhead based marine and engineering services company, Ocean Fleets Limited were awarded, after competition a circa $7.5 million prime contract by the UK MoD, to undertake the complete design of the ship life extension package, the development of a detailed specification, the procurement of all new equipment, the competitive tender for a shipyard to undertake the refit package and the project management of the refit itself.

Malta To Work on Navy Ship

Malta's biggest trade union directed its members to carry out a refit of a U.S. warship, after some workers complained that the project compromised Malta's neutrality and refused to work on it. "Work on the USS La Salle may be carried out," General Workers' Union (GWU) general secretary Tony Zarb said. The $8 million refit of the U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship was thrown into doubt when the GWU's shipyards section, which represents the bulk of workers at Malta Drydocks, said its delegates had decided not to work on the ship. The dockyards' management submitted its resignation, but Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami refused to accept this and warned that his government would stop all financial aid to the loss-making drydocks if not enough workers were available to carry out the work.

ADSB Wins Refit Contract

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has signed a contract with Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior. The contract, for the refit of ten coast guard patrol boats, marks ADSB’s first export order for refits from another GCC country. The composite patrol boats will be delivered to the ADSB shipyard in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, where work will continue over a two-year period in the company’s new 4,000 m2 air-conditioned Composite Workshop facility. The vessels will undergo complete refurbishment, including new propulsion and auxiliary machinery, accommodation facilities and navigation equipment. The current order book value for new vessels and refit projects at ADSB is now in excess of $1b and the company is forecasting continuing growth as its business expands throughout the GCC market.

SembCorp Signs Long Term LNG Deal

Singapore’s SembCorp Marine Ltd has announced a long-term contract from Australia’s North West Shelf venture (NWS) to provide dry-docking, refit, and other marine services, for their fleet of LNG ships. This breakthrough contract signifies the first time that a major LNG consortium has committed itself to a long-term maintenance and refit contract in the region. At a time when Singapore is preparing itself to be a major hub and player in the LNG sector, the selection of SembCorp Marine as a refit partner of NWS, is a great boost to the Singapore marine industry and reinforces the Shipyard Group’s position as one of the area’s leaders in LNG refits.

Milestone Tankship Refit at Portugal's Lisnave Shipyard

Tankship Eagle Turin: Photo credit Lisnave

The 107,123 dwt 'Eagle Turin', owned by AET is the 100th tankship refit project to be handled at Lisnave. This milestone in today’s highly competitive ship refit market, has been achieved over a period of 15 years, it being the second time that this particular tanker has visited Lisnave for general refits. The first tanker refit project from AET was received by Lisnave during 1998 – the 102,352 dwt Eagle Auriga arriving in March of that year. At that time the attending superintendent from AET was Mr. Aw Chin Meng who, on average, has been once a year since 1998.

Davie Wins Icebreaker Life Extension Work

Photo: Davie

Canadian shipbuilder Davie informs it has been awarded a $16 million contract to refit and upgrade the CCGS Henry Larsen, a CCG T1200-Class Icebreaker based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Medium icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen is capable of sustained icebreaking and escort operations in the Arctic and Atlantic Region for the winter and summer seasons. The vessel joined the CCG fleet in 1988 and is named after the commander of the first vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in a single season.

RFA Sir Percivale Awarded to A&P Tyne

A&P Tyne has been awarded the latest fleet auxiliary refit contract in the form of the drydocking and repair of the fleet support vessel RFA Sir Percivale, by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The vessel, which is operated by the Warship Support Agency (WSA), is due to arrive on Tyneside on 7 July 2003 for a extended survey and repair period scheduled to last four weeks. Work involved will include docking hull preparation and painting, voyage repairs, hull surveys, cargo access equipment survey, safety equipment survey, freeboard survey, main and auxiliary engine survey, accommodation upgrade and refurbishment work, and minor alterations and additions to ships systems.

Italian Minehunters Sonar Upgraded

Thales has signed a significant contract with Intermarine to supply its Sonar 2093 system to the Italian Navy’s (Marina Militare Italiana) Gaeta-class minehunting fleet. The contract, signed on 18 November, follows on from a main contract agreed in August this year between Intermarine and the Italian Navy to refit eight Gaeta-class minehunters as part of a major mid-life technology upgrade. Under the terms of the latest contract, Thales UK will supply eight Sonar 2093 systems. The majority of the manufacturing work will be undertaken at Thales UK’s site in Templecombe, Somerset. Sonar 2093 is a variable-depth sonar system and is designed for the detection and classification of bottom and moored mines.

NMC Focuses on Niche

In 1994, just one year after completing a turnkey restaurant project on Cunard Line’s cruiseship Sagafjord, Norwegian Marine Construction (NMC) won a $15 million refurbishing contract for a second ship, Vistafjord. NMC has played a fundamental role in supplying refurbishment services and professionals to a growing number of global cruise clients. NMC’s president for its US division, Anne-Christine Kjøs talks about the company and challenging trends within the refit industry. QUESTION: The past eight years have been tremendous years for NMC, what have been the important milestones? KJØS: Vistafjord was a real breakthrough, but last year’s $4 million refurbishment project aboard the Prinsendam…

Cammell Laird: Navy Deal Saves Jobs

Cammell Laird, under threat of losing a key $500 million deal with U.S. cruise ship firm Luxus, said it had won a U.K. Navy contract, helping safeguard 150 jobs at the group. "The work will generate employment security throughout the period (82 days) for some 150 personnel," Cammell Laird Holdings Plc said in a statement. The contract to repair the Fort George ship at Tyneside, northeast England, is worth just under $7.17 million. "It's certainly nowhere near the size of the Luxus contract, but it shows the market that we're out there fighting and winning work," Cammell Laird Managing Director Dave Skentelbery said. The company's stock has fallen more than 90 percent since November…

Cammell Laird’s Woes Continue

Trade in the shares and bonds of troubled British shipbuilder Cammell Laird was suspended on Wednesday, leaving investors and workers fearing the worst ahead of an announcement on its financial position. The company, whose main shipyard at Birkenhead near Liverpool in northwest England was established in 1824, has been under threat of losing a key $500 million dollar deal with a cruise ship firm. About 1,500 jobs at the Liverpool yard depend on the contract’s go ahead. Cammell Laird's shares were suspended at their Tuesday closing price of six pence at the company's request. The company has been headed toward a downward spiral for the last few months with its shares having fallen by more than 90 percent since November…

Bridges Refit on Two Holland America Line Ships

New Bridge on board of the M/S Oosterdam (Photo: Radio Holland)

Two major bridge refit contracts have been completed by Radio Holland USA on Holland America Line’s cruise ships Oosterdam and Prinsendam. The bridge refit on board the M/S Oosterdam was concluded in Palermo, Sicily in early May. Then just days later Radio Holland continued with a bridge upgrade project for the M/S Prinsendam, which took place in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The latest refits follow refit work on M/S Noordam and Westerdam in 2014 and 2015. Rob van den Hof, Nautical Superintendent of Technical Operations from Holland America Line…

LMS Wins RFA Ship Refit Contract

The Ministry of Defense has awarded a contract to Litton Marine Systems to install an ISIS 2500 alarm monitoring and condition assessment system on the auxiliary supply ship RFA Ft. Rosalie. The new order follows on the successful sea trials of a similar system on the sister ship, RFA Ft. Austin, earlier this year. As with the installation on RFA Ft. Austin, Litton was required to complete the installation in under seven working days, during which the ship will be in a four-hour readiness status. The installation was scheduled for completion in December 2000. The scope of work will include removal of the existing system, installation and commissioning of the new equipment, technical support and onboard crew training.

Drydocks World Sets up New Group

Drydocks World, a subsidiary of Dubai World, has announced that it has successfully completed the setting up of a new group under its umbrella. Geoff Taylor, CEO of Drydocks World, said Drydocks World will monitor, control and set procedures in respect of finance, HR and other common functions in group companies. Those in the group at present include Drydocks World Dubai, which is an amalgamation of Dubai Drydocks and Jadaf, Drydocks World Singapore, formerly Pan United Marine, Drydocks World Batam, a green field development in Indonesia, Platinum Yachts FZ and Platinum Yacht management. Drydocks World Dubai is the complete amalgamation of Jadaf Shipyard and Dubai Drydocks.

ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group Welcomes New Member

On Friday, June 6, 2014, German shipyard NCP-Repair Shipyard Šibenik Ltd. joined the ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group as its 11th member. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) Superyacht Refit Group represents quality refit, repair and maintenance yards. Working towards maintaining and improving global superyacht quality, the Refit Group follows professional working standards and specified environmental practices. Founded in 1905 as a central Austro-Hungarian naval base…

HMS Endurance for Falmouth

UK’s A&P Group has won an important multi-million pound sterling Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to refit the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship HMS Endurance at its Falmouth shipyard. The contract will run between 14th June and 1st October 2004. A&P Falmouth Commercial Director David Daniel said: “This contract was won against very tough competition. Refit work onboard HMS Endurance will include complete hull blasting and re-painting, general refit work, steelwork and the overhaul of main engines and auxiliary equipment. The 1990 built HMS Endurance, formerly the Polar Circle, is heading back to the UK from her annual deployment to the Antarctic. The refit will run from mid-June until October. A&P Falmouth has just completed a four month long refit to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Argus.

A&P Tyne To Refit RFA Grey Rover

A&P Tyne has won a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the refit of the 4,700-displaced tons Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Rover Class fleet oiler Grey Rover. The vessel is due to arrive on Tyneside on September 22, with the refit period expected to encompass approximately 88 days. The vessel, which was originally built during 1970 by Swan Hunter at Hebburn, had its last refit also at A&P Tyne during 2001. The refit program will include extensive engine overhaul work to the SEMT-Pielstick diesel units; painting and refurbishment; including auxiliary engine overhaul; switchboard main machinery and deck machinery, and service alternator upgrade.

RFA Fort Victoria Arrives for Repair

Aided by four tugs the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria arrived at Falmouth Docks on Tuesday, April 6, morning’s tide, to begin a multi-million pound refit that will last until mid August. Looking somewhat tired after a busy operational year, first supporting HMS Ark Royal in the Gulf War and then a period in the north of Scotland, the ship is having an extensive refit. A&P Falmouth Commercial Director David Daniel said that the refit would involve approximately three hundred men per day working on the ship. “This is a major MoD contract for Falmouth and one that we are delighted to have won, and is the biggest contract for the docks in its recent history.” This is the second multi-million pound refit won by the yard in a month.

Bahrain CG Boats Arrive at Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding

The first four Bahraini Coast Guard boats arrive at Abu Dhabi Ship Building. Four Bahrain Coast Guard boats arrived at the Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) shipyard in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, to undergo a major refit and upgrade program. These are the first four boats out of a total of ten boats that will be refitted and upgraded under a contract signed with the Bahrain Government in late 2007. The contract provides for the complete refurbishment of the vessels including new propulsion and auxiliary machinery, accommodation facilities and navigation equipment.

Malta Drydocks Granted Crown Odyssey Refit

Malta Drydocks has won a contract to refit the 34,250-ton Orient Lines luxury cruise liner Crown Odyssey. The ship is to be docked between April 25 and May 4 for what has been described as a "substantial" refit, including pipe works and machinery and an overhaul of propellers, shafts and stabilizers. The Crown Odyssey will be the first cruise liner at Malta Drydocks this year and the first time Orient Lines is sending a vessel to Malta Drydocks, dockyard officials said. The contract was won despite stiff competition from ship repairers in Portugal and Italy. Over the past few years Malta Drydocks carried out work on Cunard's Royal Viking Sun…

Alewijnse Wins Electrical Installation Contract

The Seawell

Alewijnse Marine Systems has been awarded the contract for the full electrical refit of the 114 metre diving support vessel Seawell, owned by Helix Energy Solutions Group. The Seawell is currently in the North Sea and is expected at the Damen Shiprepair Yard in Vlissingen at mid December 2014 for a planned long term life extension. Alewijnse will spend four months on site, with the work due to start next month. The 114m vessel first entered service in 1987 and is widely credited with pioneering subsea light well intervention in the North Sea. She also operates as a saturation diving vessel.

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