Refit and maintenance of RNLN torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently won the contract for the life-prolonging maintenance and refit project of the Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur.
Scope of Work
The ship, originally built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in 1987, will be refitted in order to make her suitable for a range of new tasks and assignments. The aim of the maintenance project is to keep the ship operational until 2025.
The bridge layout will be reconfigured with new communications equipment. Furthermore, the bow will be reinforced and several areas will receive a ‘facelift’ – for example, a completely new and fully equipped kitchen will be installed.
During the refit/maintenance project the vessel will be berthed at Damen Shipyards Den Helder, the Netherlands, from the 7th of September 2015 until the beginning of 2016, when the ship will towed to Damen Shiprepair Harlingen for dry-docking and painting. The Zr Ms Mercuur needs to be fully operational within 12 months.
Photo: /left to right/ CDR (LD) mr. R.R.H. Laurens (Head of Purchase Department Projects at the Ministry of Defense), Jelle Loosman (Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Den Helder BV.)
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Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
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