Preparing for the next 10 years
The Offshore Support Vessel Relume recently moored alongside at ship repair and conversion yard Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam. With her second special survey due later in 2014 her owner, MENAS Marine Services Ltd (MMSL) has, after extensive research and detailed discussions with charterers and contractors, decided that it is also time to upgrade the vessel.
A long-term relationship built on trust
The Relume, which has a record of successful operations in the North Sea area, was designed and built by Damen, entering service in 2004. Over the ten years since delivery Damen Shiprepairn & Conversion has undertaken her drydockings and surveys. In its role as ‘total service provider’ for the vessel, Damen was asked to create the upgrade plan for the Relume, and in December 2013 MMSL and Damen signed the contract for a turnkey project.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Commercial Manager Bas Loohuis observed that the open and mutually supportive relationship between the two organisations had generated such a high degree of trust that work began on the basis of just a verbal agreement and an outline scope written on a napkin.
Due to the delivery times for some of the equipment it was decided to execute the program in two phases. The first, which was completed in February 2014, involved a thorough inspection of the vessel including an inclination test, the overhaul of the Wärtsilä diesel engines, the extension of the mezzanine deck, and the upgrading of the communications systems.
The second phase will take place later in 2014 and will comprise the fitting of a new Cargotec offshore crane and the conversion of two storage tanks into an auxiliary engine room for the generation of additional power for use by client equipment operating from the working deck. The two Rolls Royce bow thrusters will also be upgraded along with the Kongsberg DP system, and the additional berths will be installed along with the improved office space.
An MMSL representative commented that: “The Relume has been a very successful vessel in the offshore market, ably supported by Damen. Obviously, with a decade of service behind her, her specification has fallen behind more recent vessels. These improvements will enhance her appeal to charterers and contractors, especially those already familiar with her past performance.”
With the upgrade program complete, the vessel will be ready for her next decade of offshore support as a highly capable and flexible OSV. Then her name Relume, which means to make bright again, will be truly fitting.
The most important improvements will be:
- The installation of a heave compensated crane with 1,000 metres of drum capacity
- The provision of additional electrical power on the working deck for charterers’ equipment such as ROV systems
- More powerful bow thrusters
- Updating the Kongsberg DP system
- An increase in the number of berths to 67 and additional offices for the use of clients