Debmarine Namibia’s latest additional recovery vessel has started to take a perfect shape after the installation of the helideck a week ago in Damen Mangalia Shipyard, Romania.
Helideck with the diameter of 22.8m with a total weight 49.2 tonnes will be the largest in the Debmarine Namibia fleet and designed to accommodate helicopters of different specifications such as AW101, Sikorsky S92, and Sikorsky S-61 (MTOW 15600kg).
The new vessel will be fitted with deck integrated latest technology fire-fighting system, deck helicopter navigation lighting with a circle and ‘H’ marking on top as per CAP 437 – standards for offshore helicopter landing areas.
The latest development is an indication that the vessel is nearing construction completion and ready for pilot ocean launch end of this month and geared for its maiden voyage to Cape Town, South Africa for mission equipment fitting early next year.
The mission equipment consists of the recovery tool and processing plant of which parts of the steelworks are being manufactured in Walvis Bay.