Dedicated to the refit, repair and maintenance of large yachts from 20 to 75-metres, the Atollvic Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, regularly carries out work on some of the world’s most interesting yachts, none more so than last December’s refit of the classic tug Seawolf, for the fourth time.
With a varied and complicated list of works which can usually take at least six months to complete, Atollvic successfully completed the project within a little more than three months utilising the maritime skills and experience of up to 65 shipwrights and sub-contractors, often working on board in simultaneous harmony.
The work included the rebuild of her main engines, sandblasting and complete bottom paint antifouling and hull-partial superstructure with an Awlgrip scheme. Other work included aft-deck crane refurbishment, interior furniture repair and varnishing, crew shower renewal, some teak repairs, full revision of two generators, bilge piping repairs, gas exhaust cleaning and galley exhausts, steel works in the anchor pockets, hawse pipe and SS cut water plate, all external doors for the superstructure repairs and design and supply-installation of the aft thruster clutch was done.
Summarising the range and depth of their achievement, Mr. Marco Villar, Atollvic Shipyard Managing Director, said: “The only possible way we could account for the necessary skills and quality of work required to complete this kind of intensive work schedule, including the painting as the most challenging issue, in such a short amount of time, was by calling upon the significant maritime skills and labour resource that we have access to in this amazing Ría de Vigo area, in the northwest of Spain.”
Seawolf’s Captain, Shaun L. Preacher, added: “As Project Manager as well as Captain, I found the yard personnel to be self-motivated, highly skilled, with a work ethic that is second to none. The skill with which they performed their work is on par with the finest yards in Europe and the finished works on M/Y Seawolf attest to their abilities. I would bring any future project either re-fit or new build to Atollvic Shipyard and would certainly bring Seawolf back.”
The 58.83-metre Seawolf was Designed by DBR Huisman and launched in 1957 by the J&K Scheepweren yard in the Netherlands. To learn more about Seawolf and her four refits at Atollvic, visit the yard’s website here.