Damen Shipyards and Brazil’s Wilson Sons Estaleiros have completed the conversion of the, platform supply vessel Fulmar, owned and operated by Wilson Sons UltraTug Offshore, to a shallow dive support vessel (SDSV).
The conversion required the vessel’s dynamic positioning class notation to be upgraded from DP1 to DP2 and followed the award of a Petrobras contract for an SDSV to Wilson Sons UltraTug, who decided to carry out the work, in partnership with Damen, at the Wilson Sons shipyards in Guarujá.
For maximum efficiency and preparation, Damen had carried out quick scan, later followed by a feasibility study for the project before Wilson Sons had been awarded the contract.
Daniel Pereira, Maintenance Manager said, “The project was not without its challenges. For one thing, in order to have the vessel ready in time for its contractual obligation with Petrobras we had just six months to fullfil the entire project scope.”
This included engineering, work preparation, material deliveries, installation and FMEA testing. In addition to the initial study, Damen’s scope was engineering, integration and site management of the DP2 upgrade.
After finishing extended Petrobras tests, the vessel was accepted and successfully entered operation in its new role in early May.