DISCOVER Magazine #7

4 CN Bulkers vessels serviced 8 weeks

Published in category: Markets

Damen has completed the maintenance and surveys on four bulk carriers owned by CN Bulkers, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading and NedNor, in just eight weeks.

The work took place at its Rotterdam yards – Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam and Damen Shiprepair Van Brink Rotterdam.

Recently bought at auction, the four vessels, between 16,000 and 17,000 dwt, had been inactive for some time following the insolvency of their previous owners and had not been dry-docked since 2012.

The scope of work included five-year special surveys for three of the vessels and a 15-year special survey for the fourth. Each vessel was thoroughly cleaned and repainted below the waterline, and some blasting and painting of the topsides took place.

Other work included inspection and maintenance of the valves and gearboxes, load testing of the cranes, and the laying out of the anchors and chains. One of the bulk carriers also needed an engine overhaul and the crankshaft had to be straightened.

With at least one of the vessels already booked for a charter, keeping on schedule was an important consideration. The multi-vessel project was completed within just two months. Part of the works also involved painting the new names – Sotra, Sanna, Senja and Silda.

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