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Diverse Marine Contract ‘Iceni Courage’ Modification and Upcycling Works

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

Industry leading refit and repair provider Diverse Marine Ltd. is pleased to confirm that it has signed a contract with offshore wind crew transfer vessel service provider Turner Iceni Ltd. for the modification and upcycling of ‘Iceni Courage’ following a competitive tender process.

‘Iceni Courage’ is a 15m crew transfer vessel built in the yard back 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 time had come for the vessel’s owners to consider a sale or repurposing of the vessel out of the offshore wind industry. However, following the success of the ‘MCS Maestro’ to ‘Iceni Warrior’ and ‘MPI Don Quixote’ to ‘Iceni Revenge’ upcycling and life extension refits carried out early in 2019, a similar refit had to be considered.

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 ships 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.

Ben Colman, Director of Diverse Marine states: “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. 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.”

Colman adds “There is something poignant about recycling and upcycling these aluminum 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, as opposed to composites.”

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