Vroon Offshore Vessel Undergoes Modification Work
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has completed final outfitting and modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). VOS Stone was built at Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands for completion. This follows a similar project successfully completed in July this year at Oranjewerf, involving sister ship VOS Start. The eight-week program for VOS Stone involved a wide range of activities, including installation of a 50-tonne active heave-compensated…
Damen Redelivers Seven Vessels to HamburgSüd
In October 2012 Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) won the contract for installing the first Becker Twisted Fin on seven container vessels of the fleet of Hamburg (Germany) based liner shipping company Hamburg Süd. To complete the project in time, the vessels were routed in such a way that they could each be dry-docked for a maximum of 6 days every consecutive week. All ships have now been re-delivered. The first vessel starting the cycle, MV Santa Catharina, was expected the December 30, 2012. However, this vessel was operationally delayed, which reduced the available time with three days.
MSC Magnifica Completes Drydocking at Damen Shiprepair
After a very fast and successful 17-day drydocking the cruise ship MSC Magnifica left Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) for Hamburg on schedule to start her next cruise. Next week (December 2) another cruise vessel will arrive at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam - the 200 m MS Saga Sapphire. In the meantime, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen recently handled two, 167 m cruise ships, the Astor and Marco Polo. Commenting on the MSC Magnifica project, Marc Derks, Shiprepair Rotterdam Project Manager, comments: “This was an excellent operation, I am very proud of the team.
Cruise Ship Marco Polo Leaves Damen Shiprepair
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), has said farewell to Marco Polo, the 800 passenger cruise ship owned by Global Maritime and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Launched in 1964 as the Aleksandr Pushkin, she was in for her 10th special survey and general maintenance and refurbishment. The project took around five weeks to complete. An elegant vessel whose design harks back to an earlier era, the Marco Polo had a full schedule of works during her time at DSV.
Damen Debuts Quick Docking/Fuel Saving Package
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has developed a new innovative product, the Quick Docking/Fuel Saving package. This offers owners a fast and low-cost additional docking with the sole aim of reducing fuel consumption in between the five-year statutory survey period. The first vessel booked under the new concept has docked at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). It is the capesize bulker Castillo De Catoira operated by Spanish company Empresa Naviera Elcano. Damen expects to bring more of its vessels to its shiprepair yards.
New MD for Damen Shiprepair, Brest
Mr Goris succeeds Mr André Hollander, who managed the yard (formerly known as Sobrena) from the time when Damen Shipyards Group took over its operations three months ago. Damen Shiprepair Brest employs 210 workers and operates 3 large graven dry docks of which the largest measures 420 m x 80 m. Mr Goris has vast experience in shiprepair & conversion and has been the Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair Götaverken (DSGö) in Sweden, which he has integrated in the Damen Shipyards Group. LNG carriers, VLCCs and Offshore vessels will be an important part of DSB’s business.
Two CMA CGM Vessels for Damen Shiprepair Brest
Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) was contracted for the regular dry docking and special survey for two CMA CGM container vessels: Fort St. Marie and Fort St. Louis. Furthermore, an option for Fort St. Pierre and Fort St. Georges has been discussed. Jos Goris, managing director of Damen Shiprepair Brest, said, “Damen Shiprepair Brest is fully aware of the operational challenges the container shipping companies are currently facing. Together with CMA CGM we have worked out a planning which provides for the shortest possible dry docking time…
Tankship Repair Contracts for Damen Shiprepair Brest
Damen Shiprepair Brest contracted to dry-dock a high-quality trio of Scandinavian tankers, other work too in a busy yard. After the successful execution of the contracts on the Bonny Gas Transport ‘LNG Sokoto’ and the LNG carrier ‘Lalla Fatma N’Soumer’, Damen Shiprepair Brest has contracted three new dry docking operations. The Finnish Suezmax Tanker ‘Alfa Brittania’, the Norwegian Suezmax Tanker ‘Erviken’ and the Swedish VLCC ‘Stena Perros’ will docking early/mid November 2012.
Damen Lands Cruise Ship Repair Work
Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) has been awarded a cruise repair and maintenance contract from MSC Cruises. Built in 2010, the MSC Magnifica is 293 meters long and has a capacity for more than 2,500 passengers. She arrived in Rotterdam on October 20 and is berthed at the yard’s largest drydock, which is 307 meters long. The timescale is tight, with the ship expected to stay for 18 days. The scope includes extensive steelwork, cleaning, painting and replacement piping, as well as the entire renewal of the rudder system.
Damen Shipyards Acquire Swedish Ship Repair Yard
Dutch shipbuilding and repair company Damen Shipyards Group has taken over the shares of Swedish shiprepair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvetin Oskarshamn. The acquisition was prepared in close cooperation with the owners and includes the full continuation of the repair yard, both as to current operations and personnel. Oskarshamnsvarvet is a shiprepair yard on the south-east coast of Sweden. It is specialized in the maintenance and repair of vessels up to 80 m and has built, repaired and maintained a substantial part of the Swedish coastal fleet since 1863. Apart from a floating dock, the company operates a slipway covered by a portal crane of 100 tons.
Damen Yacht Support Vessel Game Changer Sold
Dutch shipyard Damen has confirmed the successful sale of its 70-meter support vessel, Game Changer. The yacht will now return to Gorinchem in the Netherlands for further customisation. Game Changer is Damen's fourth Yacht Support vessel sold in the 70-metre segment, proving the ongoing demand for large yachting solutions for worldwide adventures, helicopter and dive operations. Damen has a total of 12 Damen Yacht Support vessels delivered or in build. The next available Yacht Support vessel is a 55-metre YS 5009 Adventure, which will be delivered before the summer this year.
Damen Repair Yards Earn More ISO Certifications
A number of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards have recently or will soon achieve new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardize operating procedures across the group. Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) have passed ISO 3834-2 certificate audits. This standard defines rigorous quality procedures for the fusion welding of metallic materials and represents the highest possible accolade in the welding industry. The achievement demonstrates the ability of DSAm and DSVl to undertake the largest refit and conversion projects…
Damen Establishes Caribbean Repair Yard
On Friday, September 9, the government of Curaçao and Damen Shipyards Group signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the current Curaçao Drydock Company, enabling Damen to establish a new company on Curaçao under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. Damen said it expects to start up its operations in the two graven docks and on the available quays end October 2016. Part of the agreement consists of Damen bringing in extra capacity in the shape of a floating dock.
Alewijnse Wins Electrical Installation Contract
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.
Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque Offers Strategic Advantages
Acquired less than two years ago, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque is a relatively new addition to the group’s worldwide network of ship repair and conversion yards. Originally called Arno Dunkerque, the shipyard was officially renamed Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on September 1 this year and brings nearly 40 years of experience to Damen Shipyards Group. The change in name comes as the yard enters the final stages of its integration into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, a division of the overall Damen Shipyards Group. From now on, customers will immediately recognize that they are in a Damen facility.
Damen Completes Maintenance of Flintstone
The fallpipe vessel Flintstone has departed from Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, following a six-week programme of maintenance and repairs together with her first Special Survey. Owned and operated by the Tideway group of companies, a division of the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME, the 155-metre, 20,000 tonne DP2 Flintstone is the flagship of the Tideway fleet. Her equipment includes an active heave compensated…
Alewijnse Completes Electrical Repairs on Stornes
Alewijnse Marine Systems performed electrical repairs and modifications on the flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes within a challenging timeframe. The vessel has left Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen after just three weeks of repairs, modifications and the commissioning of its electrical systems by a team of 40 Alewijnse technicians. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen subcontracted the electrical repairs and modifications to long-standing partner Alewijnse Marine Systems, which has a permanent representation at the shipyard.
DSC Completes Series of Works on Jan de Nul Group Vessels
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has recently completed works in Vlissingen and Brest on two major vessels in the fleet of dredging and marine construction specialist Jan de Nul Group. One of these is the Vole au vent, a 140-meter jack-up vessel built specifically for the installation of the latest generation of offshore wind turbines. The other is the trailing suction hopper dredger Leiv Eiriksson. Both vessels are among the largest in their classes, anywhere in the world.
Damen Wins Double Repair Order
Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) received a booking for the drydocking and repairs of two shuttle tankers managed by Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers A/S. The 88,109 GRT sister vessels Karen Knutsen and Sallie Knutsen expect to arrive end February and Middle of March respectively. Damen Brest’s Managing Director Jos Goris commented, “We are very pleased with the order from Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers. Shuttle tankers are delicate vessels and require a high level of operational reliability hence the selection criteria of a dry-docking will always be carefully considered by owners and operators. Mr.
First Repair Order for Damen Shiprepair Brest
On April 11, 2012, Director André Hollander and Sales Manager Theo Kloosterman announced the first shiprepair order of Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) by sounding the bell in the traditional way. It is the first vessel is booked under the new management and comes in the second week after the acquisition of the former Sobrena Yard in Brest by the Damen Shipyards Group. The order was granted by the French offshore and subsea service provider Bourbon Offshore Surf, specialized in Subsea Umbilicals Risers Flowlines (SURF) services and concerns the docking of the Alcyon…
Keppel Hitachi Zosen To Buy Selected Businesses
Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited (KHZ) has agreed to purchase the shiprepair/shipbuilding and related businesses of Keppel Marine Industries Limited (KMI) for $167 million in cash. Total net assets include $69 million, resulting in a gain of $4 million for KMI. KHZ will acquire all of KMI's investments in Keppel Singmarine Dockyard Pte, Eagle Engineering Company (100 percent), Keppel Philippines Marine (11.6 percent) and Penguin Boat International (16.5 percent). Resulting from this acquisition, KHZ group will offer a full range of shiprepair, conversion and shipbuilding facilities.
Keppel Hitatchi Buys Keppel Marine Shiprepair, Shipbuilding Business
Keppel Hitachi Zosen Ltd. has reportedly agreed to buy Keppel Marine Industries Ltd.'s shiprepair and building business for $98.9 million in cash. Keppel Hitachi said it would acquire all of Keppel Marine's investments in Keppel Singmarine Dockyard Pte Ltd., Eagle Engineering Pte Ltd., Keppel UAE-Investment Pte Ltd., Keppel Philippines Marine Inc., and Penguin Boat International Ltd.
ShipRepair & Conversion 99
After last year's impressive increase in visitor numbers, this year's ShipRepair & Conversion Exposition is well on its way to comparable success with more than 180 companies already registered to exhibit their wares at the show. The expo, which includes representatives from more than 35 countries, will be held November 10-11 at London's Olympia Hall. Boasting a large variety of attendees such as shipowners, ship managers, marine engineers and conversion specialists, ShipRepair & Conversion 99 expects to be 20 percent larger than last year's expo. Returning exhibitors include: BP Shipping, Shell International, Stena Line, P&O Cruises and P&O North Sea Ferries.