UK-based marine engine supplier, James Troop & Co, has completed a full engine and inboard propulsion system (IPS) service for Njord Offshore. This is said to be the first UK work of its kind on a windfarm support vessel.
The contract involved taking Njord Freyr, a year-old catamaran, out of the water at Wirral slipway for a 1500 hours’ service of the underwater IPS.
Bob Troop, chairman and managing director of James Troop, said: “We are very active in the windfarm support vessel market and we are authorized service dealers not only for Volvo Penta engines, but also for MTU and MAN.”
“We are pleased to see that business has improved in the windfarm market after some quiet years. Although we are based on Merseyside, we are also active all around the country, especially in other windfarm bases at Barrow and Grimsby.”
Engineers worked long shifts to complete the work, which included servicing Njord Freyr’s four Volvo Penta D13-IPS 900 engines and transmissions, to enable the vessel to be refloated 24-hours later.
This was crucial to ensure the vessel was back on station in its Barrow-in-Furness base ready for the company’s next scheduled windfarm support sailings in the northern Irish Sea.
The three Troop engineers who carried out the work have all qualified to work on the high technology Volvo Penta IPS Driveline system through training at the Volvo Penta Training Centre in Warwick.
This is the first time that this type of service has been carried out over a weekend to maximise the vessel’s uptime and required a very carefully planned operation.
The contract secured top marks from Njord Offshore in the customer survey and as a direct result of the success of the Njord Freyr project, James Troop has been awarded a further contract to carry out the 6,000 hour QL3 overhauls on four MTU V8 2000 series engines at its workshops in Runcorn.
By Alice Mason