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A Cebo Marine cement carrier undergoes capacity expansion

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Cebo Marine’s cement carrier, Lelie C, has returned to Damen Shiprepair Oranjawerf in order to undergo a full maintenance programme that will make a significant change to its cement carrying capacity.

After two years since its first visit to the shipyard, the bulk carrier’s three-week stopover included a full survey and a range of repairs and maintenance to prepare her for more years of reliable service.

The works included fitting a new fuel filter system, renewing the hydraulic pipes for the hatch crane, and repairing the propeller while at the same time replacing the seals and liner for its shaft and changing the shaft seals for the bow thruster. The hull and topsides also received a fresh coat of paint.

The main project, however, was the installation of eight new cement silos, each with a capacity of 40m³. These tanks were previously fitted on the VOS Symphony, before it is scrapped. Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf removed the tanks, refurbished them and then installed them on board the Lelie C.

Approximately 100 m² of grating walkway was fabricated and fitted on the deck to give access to the manifolds on each of the new silos. The supply / discharge and air pipe system for the two existing silos was also refurbished to accommodate the new capacity.

“This was a big project,” commented Jeen van der Werf, Commercial Manager at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. “Two years ago, we installed the original tanks from the Ritske, a vessel belonging to the same client, and now we have repeated the process again, this time on a much larger scale. The Lelie C began her life as a general cargo vessel, but now her transformation into a cement carrier is complete.

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