Damen proposes conversion packages for idle PSVsYard News // March 31, 2016
Damen Shipyards Group has developed a response to the increasing number of PSVs that have been laid up as a result of the low oil price. The Dutch company’s solution involves converting PSVs into vessels capable of taking on roles in alternative sectors such as aquaculture, shipping and defence.
"The situation that the offshore oil and gas industry is experiencing is having serious consequences throughout the sector. Compounding factors include historically low oil prices, halted exploration projects and reduced production. This vicious circle is completed by a substantial drop in support vessel day rates," said Damen.
"Damen has a solution to get these vessels active and profitable once again. Our design teams have come up with workable ideas across several industries. For example, we can convert a laid up PSV into a profitable container feeder or, for naval operations, a logistic support vessel,” said Damen's Sales Manager Remko Hottentot. “The possibilities are numerous. It would also be possible to transform a PSV into an accommodation and O&M vessel”
One example of a proposal is the Damen Live Fish Carrier 8916 for the aquaculture industry. “Here, the concept of using the existing PSV platform is ideal, yielding many advantages for live fish carrying situations,” said Damen.
In addition to permanent conversion concepts, Damen can also create temporary designs. These can be applied to vessels originally built by Damen or other shipbuilding companies.