Birkenhead-based SeaKing Group has supported Cammell Laird in a major refit involving one of the Ministry of Defence’s largest vessels – The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria.
The 30,000 tonne Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel entered a one-year re-fit period in September 2017 to extend its operational lifespan to the late 2020s.
Wide-ranging work was carried out to ensure full compatibility with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) MARPOL regulations. Improvements to the Replenishment at Sea (RAS) equipment will now enable the vessel to replenish the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers.
Meanwhile, an upgrade to the bridge section will ensure a modern approach to naval navigation.
SeaKing Group managing director Dave Gillam said the firm was initially tasked by Cammell Laird and the MoD to provide a feasibility study which would later form the basis of the bridge design.
He explained: “After carrying out a full inspection of the bridge area we submitted a series of options to the MoD ranging from minimal work to a complete overhaul of the layout with significant changes to the ship structure.
“The decision was then made to strip the entire interior of the Bridge back to its shell and replace it with a more efficient layout. The new design was based around previous installations on RFA vessels which SeaKing had delivered in close partnership with Cammell Laird.
“It involved the installation of four separate consoles. SeaKing was responsible for the overhaul and reconfiguration of legacy equipment and the installation of new equipment. This included the new RADAR’s, Warship Electronic Charting Display & Information System (WECDIS) and the Navigation Distribution & Conning System (NDACS).”