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Ferry repair contract for Damen’s Swedish repair yard

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet has won a contract for the refit and repair works on a Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration) ferry. Awarded after a public tender process, the contract is for work on the Castella, a 77m ro-ro vessel. Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, will complete the works between November 2017 and March 2018.

Trafikverket (the Swedish governmental body responsible for national infrastructure) operates over 40 different ferry routes, using more than 60 ferries. This enables 21 million passenger and 11 million vehicle journeys per year, demonstrating the vital role that ferries play in Sweden’s transport system.

“We are proud to have been awarded this contract after the public tender process,” commented Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet managing director Flip van der Waal. “The Castella is due to arrive here on 7 November, and leave for resumption of active service in March next year.”

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet is the most northerly yard within the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) network of worldwide ship repair yards. Its location on Sweden’s Baltic Sea coast serves to extend DSC’s scope in Northern Europe.

The scope of work required on the 1980-built Castella includes replacing the existing wheelhouse with a new aluminium version. “We will complete all works for the new wheelhouse here on-site. This includes fabrication, finishing and installation,” said van der Waal.

The yard will also handle the design, construction and installation of a new integrated automation and alarm system (IAS). Additional works consist of renewal of the vessel’s four propulsion engines and installation of a new control system for the rudder propellers, which will be supplied by the owner.

The Castella contract also consists of overhauling and painting the vessel ramps as well as painting of the decks and internal hull. “The combination of a dedicated production hall for steel works and a separate painting shed is unique in the region,” said van der Waal.

- June 2017

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