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    C&M Group confirms new contract for conversion of Ice Maiden 1

    Vessel & ROV News // April 18, 2008

    Aberdeen-based electrical and marine engineering firm C&M Group has confirmed that it has awarded a major conversion contract to A&P Tyne Ltd in the UK.

    The well known ship repairers will undertake the conversion of the Ice Maiden I - a 14,000 tonne former Russian ice-breaker - into a DP3 flotel accommodation vessel.

    Once completed, claims C&M, she will be the only monohull vessel of its type and capability, accommodating almost 400 people and able to operate anywhere in the world.
    The multi-million pound contract has been awarded by the C&M Group on behalf of the vesselís owners, Silters.
    Initial preparations for the vesselís conversion took place in Alabama in the US, but after significant delays and problems at the yard in question and after a comprehensive review, C&M decided to move to A&P Tyne to ensure delivery by the end of 2008.
    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.
    Jim Eccles, a marine engineer with over 30 years experience joined C&M towards the end of 2007 to project manage the major conversion. 

    Commenting on the vessel, Mr Eccles said: "This is a challenging project and A&P Tyne have the necessary experience in complex marine conversions. Ice Maiden 1 is an outstanding concept and C&M is to be congratulated for their courage and ambition in taking on a project of this scale. Despite the slippage in timescales, Ice Maiden 1 will be a unique accommodation vessel with ice-breaking capabilities. Ice Maiden 1ís earning potential will be highly significant for the Group.Ē
    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. 8 new generating sets will be fitted to power eight new thrusters giving the vessel full DP3 dynamic positioning capability.
    When completed 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.

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