Nauplius Converts Wieringen into Hydrographic Ship

De Vries & Van de Wiel, part of the Belgian group DEME, has commissioned Nauplius Workboats to convert a high-speed ship into a survey vessel for hydrographic research.

In recent weeks, a Nauplius team has been working on converting a high-speed work ship into a survey vessel named Wieringen.

“We have made a number of structural and equipment modifications to make the vessel suitable for hydrographic work under the UK flag,” said Dick Westera, Nauplius commercial director. “Among other things, this involves installing a moonpool and various fixed sensors to be able to take soundings, installing a new generator, modifying the electrical system and installing larger batteries. Of course, a full survey control table is being installed. The work for this project is being done at our temporary location in Hindeloopen.”

De Vries & Van de Wiel approached Nauplius with the question of what ship would be most suitable for the conversion to a survey vessel. On the basis of the recommendations, they purchased the ship that Nauplius converted for them, the company informed.

Specifications of survey vessel Wieringen

Length overall                                 15.50 metres

Beam overall                                   4.80 metres

Draught                                            1.00 metres

Displacement                                  20,000 kt

Fuel tanks                                         1,660 litres

Water tanks                                      1,000 litres

Propulsion                                        2 x Volvo Penta D9 – 575 HP/423 kW with EVC system

Maximum speed                             25 knots

Cruising speed                                 9 knots

Maximum survey speed                19 knots

Certification                                     SCV Category 2 (60NM from save haven)

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