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Damen launches plan to convert laid-up PSVs

Damen launches plan to convert laid-up PSVs
In response to the bleak outlook for the offshore industry, Damen Shipyards has launched an offering to convert the glut of laid-up PSVs to fulfil roles in aquaculture, shipping and defence.

The company, which runs a network of 15 repair and conversion yards, said that there were many applications for the large number of vessels stacked as result of “historically low oil prices, halted exploration projects and reduced production”.

“We can offer significant design and conversion expertise to owners and operators looking for effective solutions,” said Damen sales manager in Norway Remko Hottentot. “In combination with reliable financing support, this makes up a unique combination of activities that can be translated into realistic conversion packages.”

Damen gave the example of the Damen Live Fish Carrier 8916 for the aquaculture industry, a developed proposal comprising a water tank fitted inside a refurbished PSV. “Here, the concept of using the existing PSV platform is ideal, yielding many advantages for live fish carrying situations,” said Hottentot.

“Our design teams have come up with workable ideas across several industries,” Hottentot continued. “For example, we can convert a laid up PSV into a profitable container feeder or, for naval operations, a logistics support vessel. The possibilities are numerous. It will also be possible to transform a PSV into an accommodation and O&M vessel.

“With a strong reputation for engineering, craftsmanship and project management skills, Damen’s conversion teams are highly experienced in giving vessels a new lease of life, while staying on schedule and on budget.”