As part of the repair work, all the ships’ systems were checked and bought back up to speed when required.
Additionally, minor steel works and touch-up painting was performed on both vessels.
The repair work for both vessels, each with a 2,853m³ hopper capacity, was completed ten days after their arrival at the shipyard.
Featuring a length of 229m anda 23,000t lifting capacity, both the vessels have been repaired at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen’s floating dock, which is equipped with a 175m dry dock, a 215m covered drydock, and three lay-by berths.
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen project manager Ron Brusket said: “There were no major repairs to be carried out; it was rather a case of completing quite a lot of relatively small jobs to get them both ready for action again.”
Brusket also added: “We also renewed numerous sections of the hopper seals and removed the existing wooden main deck coaming.”
In a separate development, Damen Shipyards Group has entered into a sales agreement with the Netherlands-based exhaust gas scrubber producer AEC Maritime.
With the deal, Damen will be able to provide AEC's low maintenance and IMO-certified exhaust gas scrubber technologies to the shipowners.
Image: Split Hopper Barges Jan Blanken and Jan Leeghwater. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.