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In July this year the Auckland-based ship repair and marine
engineering company VT Fitzroy changed its company name to
Babcock Fitzroy, following the acquisition of one of VT Fitzroy's
two parent companies, VT Group, by Babcock International.
New Zealand engineering company Fitzroy Engineering's
position as the second parent company remains unchanged, as
does the local management of the New Zealand operation. Babcock
Fitzroy expects this to be a positive change for the Auckland based
dockyard, as the amalgamation of VT Group within the Babcock
International Group will provide increased reach-back in terms of
marine specialist support and expertise.
Another significant change for the company during the past 12
months has been the acquisition of the respected New Zealand
design consultancy company Marine Industrial Design (MID). The
engineering design services offered by MID complement the
experience contained within the dockyard's existing in-house
design office, and will greatly enhance VTF's ability to provide
engineering design solutions. Details regarding MID's services can
be found at www.marinedesign.co.nz.
Babcock Fitzroy's dry-docking and ship repair program
continues to be busy, although the company has noticed a
reduction in ship repair enquiries in recent months, perhaps
residual impact of the economic slow-down.
One of the larger commercial projects for Babcock Fitzroy was a
12-week dry-docking and refit for an ex-Ice-class tug and research
vessel, converted to an exploration yacht. In addition to the more
typical maintenance works was the installation of four new Deutz
BF8M1015MC engines, complete with a new switchboard and
command and control cabling to the bridge and control room.
Other generator associated work included new exhaust systems, fuel
lines, sea water cooling lines.
A shipping route was required through the vessel's side shell
plate for removal of old equipment and services from the generator
space and for installation of the new switchboard and generator
sets. Other refit work included; construction of two new generator
space air inlet plenum chambers; manufacture and installation of
new stairways, installation of new superstructure doors,
modifications to boat cradles; hull and superstructure preservation;
removal of port propeller tail shaft for survey and assistance with
main engine survey, and more.
The New Zealand-owned 11,630GRT passenger / Ro-Ro ship
'Monte Stello' was dry-docked by Babcock Fitzroy in June for a hull
survey and preservation work package and to carry out
miscellaneous steelwork repairs. During a 13-day dry-dock duration
requiring 24-hour working on critical path items, a number of
steelwork repairs were undertaken, mostly in the shell plate along
the wind and waterline areas.
Other key work items included; high pressure water blasting and
painting of underwater hull, topsides and superstructure sections;
bonding a new Simplex seal on the port outboard stern tube;
assistance to overhaul the ship's two 830kW Moteurs Crepelle diesel
generators; removal and overhaul of the port side anchor winch; and
removal and ultrasonic cleaning of parts and underwater equipment
surveys. Bonding of Simplex seals is an additional service that
Babcock Fitzroy is able to provide following training by yard
personnel at Blohm & Voss's Hamburg workshops.
Babcock Fitzroy currently has dry-dock space available in
October and December 2010 and in February 2011. For further
information contact Business Development Manager Keith Drake.
Email: email@example.com, Web: www.vtfitzroy.co.nz
VT Fitzroy changes company
name to Babcock Fitzroy
Withdrawal of the tail shaft on an exploration yacht at Babcock Fitzroy
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