Major refit for Sea Swift vessel as part of 10-year plan

7 October 2021

Sea Swift is pleased to be undertaking a major refit of its Norman River vessel in Cairns, as part of its 10-Year Asset Renewal Plan to maintain all vessels which supply essential freight services to major coastal and remote island communities across Northern Australia.

The Norman River, a 23.5m tug used for project and charter services, is currently dry docked at Norship Marine in Cairns while it undergoes the refit.

Refit works on the vessel include:

  • Stern gear – shaft and propeller, rudder, and steering.
  • Mechanical work on main engines and gear boxes.
  • Paint work below and above the water line.
  • Structural work.
  • Service and repair of deck machinery, such as anchor and tugger winch.
  • Modification and upgrades, including radar and accommodation.

Sea Swift Chief Executive Officer Dr Rochelle Macdonald said the significant investment in the Norman River reinforced the high importance the company places on maintaining its extensive fleet of 25 vessels to meet customer expectations.

“We are committed to working closely with Norship in maintaining our vessels to a very high standard to avoid costly breakdowns and interruptions to community schedules,” said Dr Macdonald.

“The Norman River tug provides additional capacity to our essential schedule service and infrastructure projects.

“The refit of the vessel will underpin our status as the region’s number one choice in marine transport.”

The Norman River is expected to return to service in mid-October.

Norship Chief Executive Officer Olav Groot said Norship is an Australian-owned maritime service company providing shipyard services with a heritage stretching back over 100 years.

“Norship has evolved to deliver a comprehensive suite of fleet and asset management services that meet and exceed the demanding operational requirements of our customers,” said Mr Groot.

“Norship and Sea Swift are neighbours in Cairns, and the companies have enjoyed a long-standing relationship.

“Norship actively supports Sea Swift operations and we are proudly working together to support communities across the north.”

Sea Swift’s 10-Year Asset Renewal Plan will see its entire fleet undergo regular, planned maintenance works to maintain optimum performance during the length of each vessel’s service.

These works include extensive hull structural repairs, annual survey of all drive line componentry and through hull fittings, paint preservation of the vessels including above water line, below water line, and the superstructure, and removal, inspection and servicing of all mechanical components.