Damen Completes Bulk Carrier Survey


Damen has completed maintenance and surveys on four bulk carriers recently bought at auction by CN Bulkers, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading and NedNor.

The work took place at its Rotterdam yards; Damen Ship-repair Rotterdam (Schiedam) and Damen Ship-repair Van Brink Rotterdam (Pernis).

The four vessels, all between 16,000 and 17,000 dead-weight tonnage, had been inactive for a time following the insolvency of their previous owners and had not been dry-docked since 2012.

The vessels came up to the North Sea from the Mediterranean either under tow or using their own power and arrived in Rotterdam at the end of December, 2015 to the beginning of January, 2016 with two going to each yard.

The scope of works included 5-year special surveys for three of the ships and a 15-year special survey for the fourth. Each underwent a thorough cleaning and repainting below the waterline, and some assorted blasting and painting on the topsides.

Once the works below the waterline were completed, one of the vessels was moved to a smaller dock for the interior work.

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Once there, activities included inspection and maintenance of the valves and gearboxes, load testing of the cranes where applicable, and laying out of the anchors and chains.

Two of the vessels were ready for sea by mid-February, the second by February 24, 2016 and the last left the dock on March 8.

With at least one of the vessels already booked for a charter, being ready on schedule was an important consideration.

Part of the works also involved painting on the new name for each vessel, and they are now called the Sotra, Sanna, Senja and Silda respectively.

Boudewijn Baan, Sales Manager at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said: “It’s been 10 years since we last had vessels from Universal Marine at Damen, so it’s a pleasure to welcome them back. Our extensive network of repair yards allowed us to complete this multi-vessel project within just two months and have them ready for charter once again.”

Bert Pleysier, Technical Director of Universal Marine, concluded: “We decided to drydock the vessels at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion because of the good experiences we have had with them. They are flexible, practical and fast. They also have ready access to a large variety of well-equipped sub-contractors close by in the neighbourhoods of their shipyards.”

Fact File: Damen Shipyards operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. 

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