Danish Orskov Yard has had a busy start of 2014 with several ongoing projects, including two major conversions and the finalisation of three new ISO certifications within the 1st quarter of 2014.
By now, the shipyard is approximately halfway through the conversion of the vessel Polar Nattoralik for Polar Seafood. Polar Nattoralik was built at former Ørskov Christensens Stålskibsværft in 2000, so the yard’s employees are familiar with the ship.
Shipcon (Naval Architects) are delivering the drawings for the vessel, which is now being extended by 18 meters and converted from a traditional shrimp trawler to be able to handle a wider range of fish. Since all catch is being processed and frozen onboard the ship, part of the conversion includes the transformation from freon based cooling systems to a system now driven by ammonia and carbon dioxide.
The new section of the ship, being fitted by Orskov Yard, measures 18 x 15.4 x 13 meters, giving a new LOA (length overall) of 87. 60 m. Polar Nattoralik is due for delivery by April 2014.
With respect to the other conversion project, for WesternGeco, the seismic vessel WG Columbus, the steel fabrication started at Nicon Industries in the autumn of 2013.
During February the vessel will arrive at the yard for the conversion of the propulsion system. WG Columbus will be converted from azimuth thruster propulsion to a conventional diesel electric propulsion. The conversion includes new gear, new propeller shafts, a new skeg and new rudders for the vessel. The conversion also includes the installation of a ballast treatment plant as well as steel strengthening for obtaining SPS (Special Purpose Ship) class notation. The WG Columbus is to be delivered from Orskov Yard in May.
The shipyard is also working hard on getting certifications for its services and has progressed a long way in that respect.
“For more than a year we at Orskov Yard have had an ongoing process towards the certification for ISO standards 9001, 14001 and 18001. We are looking forward to receiving the ISO certifications within the end of the first quarter of 2014. We are also looking forward to continue offering our services to old as well as new customers – in 2014 and in the future to come,” the yard’s Managing Director Jeppe Ørskov said.
Press Release, January 23, 2014