24-year-old general cargo vessel Koningsborg has completed an extensive refit, which saw it fitted with a ballast water treatment system among other things. In addition, the MPPs Imke, Helenic, Alana Evita and Dagna were acquired and joined the Wagenborg fleet under new names.

The Koningsborg travelled to Turkey for its fifth class renewal. The crew, the shipyard, local suppliers and Wagenborg superintendents performed a variety of works and updates on the hull, cargo holds, hatch covers, gantry crane and machinery of the 9000-DWT K-type vessel.

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The intensive docking period included the following work:

  • Steel replacement in the vessel’s hull, bulkheads and hatch covers to assure the vessels’ construction remains above the safety standards.
  • Blasting and painting of the vessel’s hull to reduce water resistance and fuel consumption.
  • Blasting and painting of both cargo holds which is about 7.000 m2 in total.
  • All moveable bulk heads have been fully painted and the holding pins have been maintained.
  • All seal rubbers of the hatches have been replaced and the waterways on the coamings, beams and hatch covers have been repaired where necessary to guarantee fully water tightness of the cargo holds.
  • The gantry crane has been overhauled including all wheel units, the hydraulic components and lifting wires. Also, anti-slip grids were installed for safer operations during the winter period.
  • Both the main engine and auxiliary engines were completely overhauled.
  • The stern tube seals have been replaced to guarantee zero oil spills.
  • Installation of a ballast water treatment system to prevent the movement of harmful organisms.
  • Various equipment that has become obsolete, such as on the bridge and motor management, has been upgraded.
  • Installation of a V-sat for crew welfare and to be ready for future increase of data exchange.
  • Installation of a system for fresh water production under any circumstances. This additional system gives the possibility to produce fresh water even alongside without running of the main engine.
  • Replacement of all deck and cargo holds lighting by LED to reduce fuel consumption.
  • Significant improvement of domestic conditions for the crew inside the living accommodation.
  • Increasing the max draught of the vessel results in an increased cargo capacity and a more efficient ship.
  • Life time extention by applying innovations and modifications.

The Koningsborg is already back into service.

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Additions to the Wagenborg fleet

In October, various mutations took place within the Wagenborg fleet. Four existing MPP vessels were acquired, which were all built by Dutch shipyards and sail under the Dutch flag.

On October 6, the MV Imke and MV Helenic were handed over to Wagenborg. Imke was renamed Neuseborg and Helenic will continue its voyages under the name Eikborg. The Neuseborg was built by Shipyard Ferus Smit and delivered in 2006. The ice class 1A vessel measures 110.78 x 14 metres. Bijlsma Shipyard delivered the Eikborg in 2008. This vessel measures 88.97 x 11.8 metres.

The Iepborg of Wagenborg
The Iepborg (photo: Wagenborg).

The MV Alana Evita was transferred to Wagenborg and renamed Iepborg on October 11. This is another Bijlsma-built vessel and has the same dimensions as the Eikborg. It first entered service in 2009.

On October 26, the MV Dagna was handed over to Wagenborg to continue its voyages within the Wagenborg fleet under the name Nijlborg. This vessel has the same builder and dimensions as the Neuseborg and was built in 2005.

The Nijlborg of Wagenborg
The Nijlborg (photo: Wagenborg).

All pictures by Wagenborg.

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