Damen transforms an oil offshore tanker in a feed supply vessel for aquaculture
The original ship had already been built by the Dutch shipyard
Damen Ship repair Amsterdam is working on a project to convert a platform supply vessel, an offshore, into an aquaculture fish feed transporter for Norway's Eidsvaag, specialized in the distribution of feed for aquaculture. The shipyard stands out with this project that is“at the top of the market” by “seeing opportunities to convert platform supply vessels into highly demanded fish feed transporters”.
Damen's previous experience as a builder of the original ship was fundamental in the Norwegian's decision to bet on this shipyard to undertake the conversion. The ship, now renamed Eidsvaag Opal, was part of an order for six ships that Damen built for the offshore supply company, World Wide Supply, and was delivered in 2013.
Reconversion works include, for the moment, the removal of the main deck of the ship. Then, the ship was cut in half and the stern was moved back 10 meters to make room for the installation of a new section. Particularly, it will consist of 31 new steel sections. 300 tons of redundant ship structure will also be removed as part of the conversion process. When completed, the vessel can transport 2800 tons of food at a time. It will have five new cranes, as well as a downloader installed.
(Source: Industrias Pesqueras)