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'Polaris'

Pilot Station Vessel

Pilot vessel 'Polaris' completes first special survey at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam

Date
September 2017
Ship name
'Polaris'
Ship type
Other
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Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam
Tasks performed for this project
  • Maintenance and first special survey

The P-Class Pilot Station Vessel 'Polaris' has completed its first special survey and undergone a comprehensive maintenance programme at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam. This took place exactly five years after she was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherland at the Cruise Terminal in Rotterdam.

The 'Polaris' was the first of three P-Class Pilot Station Vessels to be delivered over the course of 2012–2014. These 81-metre, 2501 tonne vessels are owned and operated by Nederlands Loodswezen B.V. (NLBV) and hold stations at Flushing Roads and the approaches to Rotterdam from where they deploy and receive pilots assisting incoming and outbound vessels. This is done using tenders and fast launches. The duties of the Pilot Station Vessels mean that they spend extended periods at sea, often in bad weather.

The programme took 25 days and, as well as various maintenance actions forming part of the special survey, included overhauling the pumps, sea valves, box coolers and davits. The propeller shafts were also inspected and the IC anodes replaced. Modifications were made to the sea chest and to the sea water systems and the exterior of the vessel was repainted. A number of additional issues became apparent during the works but were absorbed into the schedule without having an impact on the completion date.

Preparation delivers performance

Good preparation before the project began and effective communications throughout ensured that the work were completed on time and to the required specifications.

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) has a strong relationship with NLBV. They require clarity on the cost and duration of a project before they can place the order, and this DSR is able to provide. The yard’s covered drydock was also available for the 'Polaris', the use of which removed any timing uncertainties connected with the weather. The paintwork and all the mechanical and machining work on the davits where able to get underway without any delay.

Arnout Oosterhof, Superintendent at NLBV, commented, “During the project Damen proved to be able to act quickly on any emerging issues, or when changes in the scope of work were required. We found the Damen personnel to be very helpful and cooperative, and they took good care of the ship and her equipment. This was much appreciated!”

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