Auckland’s Diverse Projects is acting as the owner’s rep for the refit of 51m Umbra, at Whangarei’s Oceania Marine.
The refit, which is now underway and expected to take three months, will include fitting a removable helicopter deck and the structure to support it, while adding two metres to the stern, undertaking a full exterior repaint in the owner’s colours as well as a full vessel survey.
Umbra, a Damen Sea Axe design, is a highly-engineered vessel created to cut through water at speed while maintaining excellent seakeeping abilities. The Diverse team will focus on ensuring Umbra’s seaworthiness and speed remain, after the extensive adjustments to her structure.
To do this, Diverse is employing its virtual shipyard approach. The approach uses a process-based software developed in-house to deliver a project which can be mapped by the owner, or their team, in very fine detail as the refit progresses. By breaking down each task within the refit to its individual components, the Diverse team has created a system which flags any potential road blocks, or budget overruns, long before they arrive, delivering a quick, efficient refit process.
“By being able to monitor and track each task live in every aspect, including costing and invoicing, we can easily spot where a potential problem might arise, plus it’s all captured within that task forever. This information can also be invaluable for when the yacht does its next refit down the line,” says Lars Bjorklund, Diverse Projects project manager.