Diverse Marine has signed a contract with offshore wind crew transfer vessel service provider, Turner Iceni, for the modification and upcycling of Iceni Courage.
Iceni Courage is a 15m crew transfer vessel built in the yard in 2009. The dynamic offshore wind sector has developed over the last decade with a requirement for larger, faster and more efficient craft, so the decision was taken to refit.
The Iceni Courage life extension project includes stretching the hull, deck and superstructure by 3.6m, repowering the vessel to Volvo Penta IPS900, relocation and replacement of the ship’s generator, relocation of the fresh water and grey water tanks with all new plumbing, cutting in a forward side door to the saloon, cutting in an additional third crew position on the bridge, and full refit of the interior. The refit will include the ‘Iceni Gen 3’ upgrades with new, lighter and more accommodating linings, all new heads compartment, all new galley with modern appliances, and all new windows and doors. In addition, the vessel is to be repainted from top to bottom.
“Following the success of the two Iceni life extension projects last year we are very pleased to have won this competitive tender and to further our experience in this important sector,” says Ben Colman, Director of Diverse Marine. “This is a great opportunity to process the lessons learned on the previous projects for a more efficient production solution. It means a lot to us that our clients have the trust and faith in us to design and deliver these significant refits and continue co-operative working relationships with Iceni and our supply chain. Most of our team remember building the vessel originally so are particularly proud of the vessel’s condition after 10 years and to be associated with the refit.
“There is something poignant about recycling and upcycling these aluminium craft for an industry that values renewable energy and neutrality on the environment. This is a benefit of working with fully recyclable aluminium construction and materials.”