The 51m superyacht Umbra refit in New Zealand

The 51 metre support vessel Umbra is currently undergoing a refit in Whangarei’s Oceania Marine in New Zealand. Auckland based company, Diverse Projects, have been chosen as the owner’s representative.

The project is expected to take around three months in total, and 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, and finally, a full vessel survey.

Diverse Projects is employing its virtual shipyard approach to ensure Umbra’s seaworthiness and speed remain after the extensive adjustments to her structure. 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 have created a system which flags any potential roadblocks 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.

After the completion of Umbra’s refit, she will return to a busy cruising schedule in the Pacific.

By Gemma Fottles



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