WIND has completed a lifetime extension programme of the Cable Recovery Vessel mv Lida. The scope of works included maintenance of the vessel’s hull and ballast tanks in addition to upgrading the winch control and cable handling systems.
The mv Lida is a 62.8-metre long Cable Recovery Vessel that is owned by South African company Mertech Marine Ltd. Dutch subsea cable service provider WIND is responsible for the commercial, technical and financial management of the vessel.
“We took the opportunity to carry out the vessel upgrade during the scheduled class survey,” comments WIND Technical Superintendent Thomas Jansen. “This included maintenance of the ballast tanks and hull, which was a sizeable job, consisting of 18 tonnes of steel work – about 3 per cent of the entire vessel. We also upgraded the cable recovery winch control and monitoring systems as well as the cable handling systems. All in all, the mv Lida is back in excellent condition.”
The work was carried out at Tallinn Shipyard – part of BLRT Grupp – in Estonia. “We had great cooperation with the yard, and considering the amount of work that we had planned, combined with the difficult weather conditions that we had, they did an excellent job in getting it all done within the amount of time available.”
A word from the owner
Mertech Marine operates a fleet of three vessels (all of which are under the management of WIND) which primarily perform subsea telecommunication cable recovery duties for recycling or relaying purposes. On completion of the mv Lida’s dry-docking, a company representative said: “Thank you very much from our side to everyone who worked hard in this job. We are proud to see the mv Lida in such good shape.”