In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of conversions of vessels in the dredging and offshore industry. For instance, ships first used as drilling ships in the oil market are being converted to crane ships to install wind turbines. There can be many different reasons to convert the functionality of a vessel. Sometimes there can be a considerable gain in time compared to building a new ship or it can be financially attractive if there is long-term overcapacity of a specific vessel type in the market.
Changing the functionality of a vessel usually has a lot of impact on the electrical distribution and automation systems on board. In order to have a well-functioning installation and comply with all regulations for the converted vessel, it is essential to have a clear picture in advance of the changes and modernizations that will be made to the installation. This is also an excellent moment to find out whether new types of energy storage can make the installation more efficient and sustainable.
We can work with unconventional scopes and adapt to the requirements in projects with a unique scope or process challenges. Bakker Sliedrecht uses its extensive experience and knowledge in new build and maintenance projects to ensure the conversion project runs exactly as planned. Recently, Bakker Sliedrecht converted the new crane vessel Bokalift 2, where we renewed, modified, extended, and integrated all electrotechnical installations.
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