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Friday, November 22, 2019 

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Kustbevakningen, the Swedish Coastguard (KBV), for a modernisation and conversion project on its former patrol vessel 'KBV 181'.

The vessel was built as a patrol boat, but will after modification it will be suitable for both patrol and oil recovery, as well as being used also by Umeå Marine Forskningscenter (UMF) for research and environmental monitoring in the Gulf of Bothnia.

KBV 181 is scheduled to arrive at Damen’s Swedish yard in April 2020, where she will remain until December, undergoing a scope of work that will extend her lifetime by 15 years and ready her for oil recovery work.

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet MD Flip der Waal said: “The Coastguard is a good customer of ours, we’ve worked together before on numerous occasions. Our cooperation during the process has been extremely pleasant and constructive. They think along with us, helping us to find solutions. As always, we have worked together as a team; in the end we both have the same objective – to get the project done as efficiently as possible.”

The Swedish Coastguard has been planning the project for some time. It will involve enlargement of the aft deck area to provide additional deck space needed to allow the vessel to fulfill her large diversity of tasks. The hull reconstruction will be concentrated above the waterline in order to maintain the vessel’s ability to operate in ice. A new bulwark will be fitted, including a transom door which will fold outwards to become an additional deck extension able to support oil recovery equipment. Both existing cranes will be replaced and an additional 90t crane will be installed. Damen will remove bulkheads from the main deck in order to incorporate a new laboratory, including installation of water sampling and analysis equipment.

Damen will replace all communication and navigation equipment and will modify the bridge layout, console and seating for improved ergonomics, and CCTV will be installed to allow work on the aft deck to be monitored from the bridge. The accommodation areas will be refurbished, with a focus on lower noise and vibration levels, including renewal of HVAC equipment.

Damen has already begun design work on the steel work, electrical integration, wheelhouse equipment and HVAC modification. 

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