News: Mar 22, 2017
Skagerak at the Nauta shipyard in Poland.
The University of Gothenburg and the Nauta Shiprepair Yard have reached an agreement on a new delivery date for the new ship Skagerak. Because the delivery has been substantially delayed, an agreement was necessary. The new delivery date has been set for June 30, 2017.
The project management points out that the ship’s size is one of the main reasons for the delay. Though relatively small, it is a very complex ship. As a result, many different systems must be installed in a very limited amount of space without compromising functionality and quality requirements.
‘These circumstances have been the same since the start of the project, of course, but they have been underestimated by the shipyard to some degree, especially regarding system coordination’, says Project Manager Anders Backman. ‘Now that the ship’s hull has been completed and installation of cables, ventilation ducts and pipes has been going on for a number of months, system conflicts have become apparent. These conflicts have to be resolved step by step, taking into account regulations – modification work that is not always completely painless and requires renewed regulatory approvals.’
Lengthen by 3.6 metres
During the construction process, the shipyard had to lengthen the hull by 3.6 metres, which greatly delayed the hull completion.
‘Due to lack of care in construction and execution, the vessel became too heavy and therefore required an extension’, Backman says. ‘This is an example of a situation where the shipyard has underestimated the importance we attach to parameters specified in the contract, such as draught, speed and fuel consumption.’
In mid-December, the Skagerak launched at the shipyard in Poland. Intensive work is now under way on the installation of electricity and ventilation on board the ship. Several advanced systems are being placed in service as well.
‘This will be followed by an extensive start-up and testing period’, says Backman. ‘During this period, necessary system adjustments are also being performed. Then renewed tests will be carried out to verify that the functionality, quality and regulatory requirements are met before the delivery and takeover of the vessel occurs.’
Originally published on: science.gu.se