Diverse Marine and Turner Iceni are pleased to announce the completion of their fourth upcycling refit, ‘Iceni Defiant’ which has left the yard and headed straight to contract, validating the concept of refitting older craft with modern, efficient and environmentally friendly
solutions to ensure their future in the offshore wind sector.
The 17m aluminium catamaran, ‘Iceni Defiant’ was first built in 2012 and has worked continuously through her life, but has been challenged over the last few years with a preference towards larger more versatile craft. The solution was an upcycling refit to extend the working life of the vessel, increasing the net book value to a level that allows Turner Iceni to offer higher day rate values with a sensible expectation charter days per annum.
Highlights and features of the refit include:
• Lengthening of hull and deck by 3.6m
• Lengthening of technician saloon by 5.5m
• Reduction of vessel weight
• Doubling of fuel capacity
• Repower to Volvo Penta IPS900
• Minor increase to vessel speed performance
• 50% reduction in fuel consumption
• Full interior refit to modernise and reduce weight
• Full blast and repaint of coatings
The vessel left the yard after the 18-week refit and headed straight to charter on an East Coast project.
Ben Colman, Director of Diverse Marine: “This is the fourth such upcycling refit that we have carried out over the last couple of years and we are very proud to be associated with the life extension of these older assets, installing modern systems and more fuel efficient propulsion packages. These refits compliment and work side by side with our new build programme. As we move toward ‘current generation’ CTV’s having 10 year refits we are actively engaged with operators as to what can be done to modernise these vessels and meet future zero emission requirements.”
Richard Thurlow, Turner Iceni: “Following the success of the ‘MCS Maestro’ to ‘Iceni Warrior’ , ‘MPI Don Quixote’ to ‘Iceni Revenge’ upcycling and life extension refits carried out early in 2019, and the modification and upcycling of ‘Iceni Courage’ in 2020, we had no hesitation in going through the same process with Iceni Defiant. Taking the learnings from these earlier refits and upcycling projects and applying these to Iceni Defiant has truly given her a new lease of life – whilst also making the best use of valuable assets and resources. We really could not be happier.”