Damen's Swedish repair yard wins ferry contract

Ferry will be in the shipyard from November 2017 through March 2018 Ferry will be in the shipyard from November 2017 through March 2018

JUNE 12, 2017 — Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet, Sweden. has won a contract for the refit and repair works of the 77 m long Ro/Ro ferry Castellafrom Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration).

The vessel will be in the shipyard from November 2017 until March 2018.

Awarded after a public tender process, the contract includes replacing the existing wheelhouse on the 1980-built with a new aluminum wheelhouse.

"We will complete all works for the new wheelhouse here on site. This includes fabrication, finishing and installation," says Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Managing Director Flip van der Waal. "By performing all these actions under one roof, we can guarantee the highest levels of quality at a competitive price."

The yard will also be handling 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.

Mr Van der Waal says that the Castella contract also includesoverhauling and painting the vessel ramps as well as painting of the decks and internal hull.

"Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet is very well equipped for this project," he says. "The combination of a dedicated production hall for steel works and a separate painting shed is actually unique in the region."

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet is the most northerly shipyard in the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) worldwide network. Its location on Sweden's Baltic Sea coast serves to extend DSC's scope in Northern Europe.

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