Damen Shiprepair Oskarshamnsvarvet (DSO) has secured a public tender for a lifetime extension project on the 35.5m passenger ferry Waxholm II.
The ferry was built in 1983 and is capable of carrying up to 350 passengers. It is operated by Waxholms Ångfartygs, which is responsible for public transport by boat in the Greater Stockholm region.
Waxholm II is scheduled to arrive at DSO on 1 April and will spend three months there prior to coming back to service on 3 July.
As part of the works, Damen will refurbish the passenger areas, refit the wheelhouse, and renew the generator and main switchboard.
The company will upgrade the gearboxes and renew the aluminium bulkheads on the saloon deck.
Damen Shiprepair Oskarshamnsvarvet managing director Flip van der Waal said: “The three-month deadline will be tight.
“We have some serious challenges ahead of us regarding both the timescale and the budget, but we are confident that, with detailed planning before the Waxholm II arrives at the yard and first-class project management while she is here, we will deliver a rejuvenated vessel that will serve her passengers and crew well for many years to come.”
Between 2013 and 2015, Damen performed extensive works on Waxholm II’s sister ship Waxholm I and upgraded the two ferries Roslagen and Skärgården.
Other ferries from the 25-vessel fleet of Waxholmsbolaget have also used the yard for repair works and maintenance.
DSO built five fast ferries for the same client.