A specialised diamond mining vessel for De Beers Marine Namibia under construction at Romania’s Damen Shipyards Mangalia will be fitted with an engineroom pump system from Norway’s PG Flow Solutions
Under the contract from Damen Shipyard, PG Flow Solutions will supply fuel oil and fresh water transfer pumps, associated equipment, spare parts and service.
All equipment will be assembled and tested at PG Flow Solutions’ headquarters in Sande, Vestfold, Norway.
“We have delivered close to 2,000 engine and utility pump installations over the past four decades, but not many to diamond recovery vessels,” said PG Flow Solutions vice president of sales and marketing Øyvind Berg.
Once completed, the vessel will be the one of the most technologically advanced marine diamond recovery vessels in the world. Built to an MT 6027 design from Marin Teknikk, the diamond recovery vessel will be 177 m long with a dynamic positioning (DP) system based on a seven-thruster propulsion system powered by six 3,230-kW generators.
It is not the first vessel Marin Teknikk has designed for the De Beers Group as it also designed SS Nujoma, an MT 6022 design built at Kleven Marine in 2011.
The seventh vessel in the Debmarine Namibia fleet, the diamond recovery vessel is expected to cost US$468M to build. Debmarine Namibia is a 50/50 joint venture between the Namibia Government and De Beers Group.
On announcing the investment in the newbuild, De Beers Group chief executive Bruce Cleaver said, “Some of the highest quality diamonds in the world are found at sea off the Namibian coast. With this investment we will be able to optimise new technology to find and recover diamonds more efficiently and meet growing consumer demand across the globe.”
The vessel is projected to increase De Beer’s current production by 35%.
The hull is being built at Damen Shipyards Mangalia, with final outfitting performed by De Beers Marine in Cape Town, South Africa. The vessel is expected to deliver first diamond production in Q2 2022 offshore Namibia in 90 to 150 m of water.