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.
Press Release, December 17, 2013; Image: Shipspotting