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UPGRADE WORK: Major upgrade for Seawell
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

After having successfully docked and repaired MSV Well Enhancer earlier in the year, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, undertook another major upgrade during November 2014, this time of the Aberdeen-registered light well intervention/dive support vessel MSV Seawell (1986/9,158gt).

As the upgrade took place during the winter, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) will use their covered drydock with a 300-ton capacity overhead crane. The upgrade includes an exchange of all six gensets, overhaul of all thrusters and azimuths, replacement of two cherry pickers and the existing twin slewing cranes by a new single-boom 50-ton crane with active heave compensation. As well as the installation of the derrick, adjustments will be made to the operation of the moon pool doors, winches and other equipment.


REMEMBRANCE: German frigate comes to Leith
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

Commanding Officer Ivo Schneider of the German frigate Brandenburg (pictured), fellow officers and men made history when they attended the service of Remembrance at Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2014. This was the first time representatives of the German military had taken part in the ceremony.

Kevin Gray, chief executive officer of Legion Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the German contingent at this remembrance event for the first time.’ FGS Brandenburg has recently returned from the Gulf, where she was part of Operation Atalanta.  She took over as the EU Naval Force flagship on 6 April 2014 for a four-month tour of duty. IM


NEWBUILD: First to be ready for LNG
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

The container ship Sajir is of a ground-breaking design, with the hull structure good for 25 years of operation in the North Atlantic.The container ship Sajir is of a ground-breaking design, with the hull structure good for 25 years of operation in the North Atlantic.

On 27 November 2014 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named the first ever LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel. Sajir is the first vessel in UASC’s current newbuilding programme, which comprises 17 of the world’s most eco-efficient vessels.

With a capacity of 15,000TEU (A15), the DNV GL classed vessel is the largest and most eco-efficient in this capacity range. Sajir will start operating on the Asia-North Europe route after delivery. Ten further A15 vessels and six 18,800TEU (A18) container ships will be delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries to UASC by mid-2016.

H.E. Salem Ali Al Zaabi, Chairman of UASC, said: ‘At UASC we see efficiency as a key competitive differentiator in an increasingly competitive market. Sajir embodies this ethos and, as the first of 17 vessels in our current newbuilding program, represents an important milestone in the evolution of UASC.’


NEWBUILD: Icebreaking supply vessel
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

The production of the icebreaking multipurpose supply vessel for Sovcomflot was started with steel cutting on 26 November 2014. The ceremony took place at Vyborg Shipyard, where the blocks of the vessel are produced. The event was attended by representatives from Sovcomflot, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, Vyborg Shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

The design, hull assembly, outfitting and commissioning of the vessel will be done by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. The new vessel is being built to transport supplies and people between land bases and production platforms in the harsh climatic areas of the Sea of Okhotsk. The new icebreaking offshore vessel (pictured) measures 100m by 21m and is due to be delivered in June 2016.


SHIPYARD NEWS: Damen work on cruise ships
Friday, 19 December 2014 08:50

MSC Magnifica arrives at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam.MSC Magnifica arrives at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam.

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam had a busy few months at the end of 2014. A 17-day drydocking for the cruise ship MSC Magnifica was completed on schedule, and she left for Hamburg to start her next cruise in November 2014. Built in 2010, MSC Magnifica arrived at the yard on 20 October 2014 and was berthed at the yard’s largest dry dock, which is 307m in length.

The work involved the replacement of 47 tonnes of steel, replacing the rudders, and cleaning and painting the vessel. Commenting on the project, Marc Derks, Project Manager, said: ‘This was an excellent operation, I am proud of the team. The advance planning and preparation paid off’.

On 2 December another cruise ship, Saga Sapphire, arrived at the yard for her own period of drydocking and maintenance, while Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen handled two 167m cruise ships, Astor and Marco Polo from CMV, during the same period.


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