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    A&P Tyne secures Ice Maiden conversion deal

    Yard News // April 17, 2008

    A&P Tyne Ltd has been advised that the company has been awarded a contract to carry out the conversion of a former ice breaking cargo vessel into a DP3 Flotel, accommodation vessel carrying up to 399 persons.

    The contract has been awarded by the C&M Group of Aberdeen on behalf of the owners Silters. Some preparations have already taken place on the vessel in the US.

    The vessel is due to be brought to the Tyne by the heavy lift cargo vessel Fairstar Fjord where the main part of the conversion will be undertaken.

    "This is a challenging project and typical of the complex marine conversions carried out by A&P Tyne over recent years," said the company in a statement. "The project will require the fitting of some 1,400 tonnes of new accommodation block steel work, accommodation for 399 people which include all the necessary services to support the personnel to be carried."

    There will be a further 1,900 tonnes of steel work fabricated and fitted to form new decks and machinery spaces. Eight new generating sets will be fitted to power eight new thrusters giving the vessel full DP3 dynamic positioning capability.

    An interesting design feature is the fact that the vessel will be the first of her type to be fully Ice Classed and will be capable of operating in conditions of minus 40 degrees Celsius.

    The vessel (ex-Paardeberg) has been renamed Ice Maiden 1. The contract will take nine months to execute from the time of arrival at the yard and is worth in excess of 30 million pounds.


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