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    Sembawang to convert ferries to accommodation ships

    Vessel & ROV News // November 22, 2007

    Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, has secured a S$300 million contract from
    Equinox Offshore Accommodation Limited, comprising one-plus-five options to convert passenger/car ferries to DP2 Accommodation and Repair Vessels (ARV).

    Under the contract, the conversions will be carried out in the period 2008–2010.

    Sembawang Shipyard said it ws awarded the contract based on the shipyard's capabilities in passenger ship upgrading and established track record in the highly specialised and technically challenging field of DP2 and DP3 offshore vessel conversion work.

    The scope of work covered in the contract includes the rebuilding and refurbishment of existing cabins and the addition of another 50 cabins to house a 400-500 persons, building of offices, public areas - such as a restaurant and cinema - and conversion of the ships' existing car decks to workshops to be equipped with owner-supplied equipment and machinery, plus the installation of new generators, fresh water generator system and modification of the piping system.

    Other major installation work include installation of stern thrusters with DP2 capabilities and new 60 tonne and 80 tonne cranes and an offshore gangway.

    Said the yard: "On completion, the vessel will be the world’s first DP2 Accommodation and Repair Vessel, uniquely designed and equipped to provide extensive accommodation and workshop facilities to support and service offshore facilities and projects in deep water areas."

    The first vessel is expected to arrive at the shipyard in mid-January 2008, and be redelivered in the fourth quarter of 2008.

    The converted vessel will be capable of being deployed worldwide.

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