Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has CN Bulkers’ new acquisitions ready for operations in eight weeks
Damen has completed maintenance and surveys on four bulk carriers recently bought at auction by CN Bulkers, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading and NedNor. The work took place at its Rotterdam yards; Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (Schiedam) and Damen Shiprepair Van Brink Rotterdam (Pernis). The four vessels, all between 16,000 and 17,000 DWT, had been inactive for a time following the insolvency of their previous owners and had not been dry-docked since 2012. The vessels came up to the North Sea from the Mediterranean either under tow or using their own power and arrived in Rotterdam at the end of December/beginning of January, with two going to each yard. The scope of works included 5-year special surveys for three of the ships and a 15-year special survey for the fourth. Each underwent a thorough cleaning and repainting below the waterline, and some assorted blasting and painting on the topsides. Two of the vessels were ready for sea by mid-February, the second by the 24th of the same month and the last left the dock on the 8th of March. With at least one of the vessels already booked for a charter, being ready on schedule was an important consideration. Part of the works also involved painting on the new name for each vessel, and they are now called the Sotra, Sanna, Senja and Silda respectively. Universal Marine is providing management services.
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