The Croatian shipyard revamped Micoperi’s crane and pipe-layer ship in time for the OMC Offshore Mediterranean Conference in Ravenna
Rijeka, Croatia – The delivery ceremony at Rijeka-based Viktor Lenac repair and conversion shipyard for the Ravenna-based Micoperi’s crane and pipe-layer ship Seminole was marked with mutual satisfaction. Viktor Lenac’s CEO, Robert Škifić, heartily thanked the owner of the Italian company, Silvio Bartolotti, for the confidence he showed in the yard during the last couple of years, entrusting to it for refitting also crane Micoperi 30, barges Micourier I and Micoperi 12, and tugboat Snipe. Works were worth some 20 million euros in total, whereof 16 millions for Seminole alone.“We revived a partnership started in the 1970s. Revamping works on Seminole were very complex, and the yard did them masterly. The ships was 35 years old but Italian certification society RINA officially acknowledged an 18-years rejuvenation. We’ve planned a second step, after a couple of years, by which the hull should be reclassified as new, and soon we’ll send here our barge Micourier II and AHTS Buccaneer” warmly replied Bartolotti.
Revamping works on Seminole – done on designs entirely drawn at Viktor Lenac – included the replacement of about 2,000 tonnes of steel plates, new anchor and cooling systems, total refurbishments of cabins for 250 people, and the manufacturing and installation of the tunnel for the Remacut pipe-laying system. The works on the ship, which is equipped with a Clyde crane with a 750-tonnes lifting power, were completed in time for the 10th Offshore Mediterranean Conference in Ravenna, to be held next 23 to 25 March, where she will be on show.
New CEO at Kraljevica shipyard
Zvonimir Novak – a consultant to the Croatian Economy minister Đuro Popijač – was appointed the new CEO of the Kraljevica shipyard replacing Irvin Badurina, who remains a member of the Board. The main cause for the replacement was the delay in the construction of Canada-based Transport Desgagnés’ con-pax Bella Desgagnés (S2S n. 40/2010 and 1/2011). Mario Polla, chairman of the yard’s supervisory board partially denied the rumours
Mauro A. Bogdanović