UK: NIFHA Seeks “MV Kilmourne” Upgrade Bids

Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority has announced tender for mid-life upgrade / major re-fit of “MV Kilmourne”, a 100 m3 capacity hopper dredger (133GT / 26m LOA).

This upgrade works include:

Replacement of propulsion system;

Shortening of vessel to 24m load line length;

Refurbishment of deckhouse accommodation;

New fendering system and

New external protective coating system.

The main equipment items are to be tendered separately.

Value: Between £150,000 and £200,000.

Tender Deadline: 30.11.2011.

Project Period: Starting 31.10.2011 / Completion 23.3.2012.

In January 2008, a Technical Report identified these problems with the vessel:

The crane was unreliable, had health and safety issues and was nearing the end of its life, the main propulsion system was nearing the end of its life and was considered to be underpowered and excessively noisy, the bow fender arrangement was badly damaged and was inadequate and the bridge, mess room and toilet did not meet current work boat codes for habitation and ergonomics.

The Authority now wants to implement the remaining recommendations to upgrade the vessel with a new propulsion system, a comprehensive refurbishment of the deck-house, a new protective coating system and a new bow fender arrangement.

This upgrade is funded through the European Fisheries Fund operated under the European Union.

Source: nifha, October 4, 2011