Ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock Amsterdam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, received a contract for the propulsion upgrade of the 3D Seismic Vessel ‘Polarcus Naila’. The ultra-modern vessel will arrive at Shipdock in February 2014 for its six-week conversion.
In addition to the propulsion upgrade the vessel will also undergo modification works in order to be classified as a Special Purpose Ship. Furthermore, the scope of work includes Ballast Water Treatment installation, installation of a new workboat and davits, relocation of the MOB and the 5-year special survey.
Pre-fabrication works on the two gondola’s, which need to be fitted to the vessel, have already started at Niron Staal and will be completely outfitted before arrival of the vessel at the yard. Niron Staal, alsp part of Damen Shipyards Group, is a specialised steel construction and machining company located in the Port of Amsterdam on the premises of Shipdock.
“The real show will start at the end of February 2014 when the vessel will be taken out of production and will dock at the yard for a 35 day period in which the conversion works will be realized. Taking day rates of a Seismic Survey Vessel into account, time literally is money and the vessel will need to be back in business as soon as possible. It is therefore not surprising that Polarcus decided to bring the vessel to Shipdock Amsterdam, fully aware of the management and technical capabilities, due to experiences in the past”, according to Flip van der Waal, General Manager Shipdock Amsterdam.
Polarcus and Shipdock have been in business since 2010. The relation between the companies became stronger since then and formed the basis for the successful booking of the upgrade conversion job.
Polarcus Naila is a 12-streamer 3D/4D Seismic Vessel. Delivered in 2010, she is built to the Ulstein SX124 design and incorporates the Ulstein X-Bow® hull. The Naila combines the latest developments in maritime systems with the most advanced seismic technology commercially available. The vessel is also amongst the most environmentally sound seismic vessels in the market, with diesel-electric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, double hull, and an advanced bilge water cleaning system. The vessel complies with the stringent DNV Clean Design notation. Polarcus Naila and her sister ship are the only vessels with thruster units in the Polarcus fleet.
Ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock Amsterdam is one of the shipyards within the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group. The shipyard can handle vessels up to 250 metres. We also run a professional machine shop and steel construction facility named Niron Staal. Beside general repair and maintenance activities, we are always looking for those special jobs in which our skilled employees can prove themselves as the outstanding and dedicated professionals that they are.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.