Westcon Florø signs contract with the Institute of Marine Research

Oda Linnea Brekke Iden/Havforskningsinstituttet
Westcon Yards

Westcon Yards Florø recently signed a contract with the Institute of Marine Research for the maintenance of the research vessel Kronprins Haakon. The project is scheduled to start at the end of November 2022.

The work included in the contract applies to workshop services for docking and carrying out repairs, maintenance and repair work. The scope of work is divided into three parts; replacement of hangar doors, workshop jobs / classification, and repair work.

Head of ship repair at Westcon Yards Florø, Terje Totland, says the contract is divided into both prices and part-time jobs.

Among other things, we will deliver and install two new hangar doors, which better withstand the strong sea in the Southern Ocean. Apart from that, there are repairs of steel damage, five-year classification; hence thrusters, bottom valves, main switchboard work, painting of hulls and tanks, and more.

«Kronprins Haakon» is equipped for all types of marine research in ice, with the Arctic and Antarctic as their primary areas of operation, but also in open waters in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea. On the Institute of Marine Research’s website, they say that the vessel has a range of 15,000 nautical miles and can sail for 65 days without bunkering.

Westcon Florø has previously carried out projects with the Institute of Marine Research, Totland explains.

- We have had a good collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research on several occasions since 2014. We had, among other things, F / F G.O. Sars, for service and minor rebuilding in 2016/2017, where we carried out re-installation / new installation of various deck equipment, steel decks, electrical equipment and more, in connection with a new research contract for the ship.

The last time Westcon Yards Florø had marine research boats for the yard was in the middle of 2020, when F / F Kronprins Haakon was in for painting and repair work.

The new assignment is scheduled to start at the end of November 2022, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2022.

Totland says that this is a happy reunion with a previous client.

- It is gratifying with contracts of this size and to be able to collaborate with the Institute of Marine Research again. We are definitely looking forward to the assignment.

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