Aquarius Marine Services (AMS) was asked to deliver an intermediate captain by International Transport Contractors (ITC) of Heemstede. On the anchorhandling tug supply vessel ITC Cyclone a captain was needed for March to April 2012.
The ITC Cyclone had obtained a long time charter for BP offshore Angola and needed to be modified for her next assignment. The vessel was to be modified to be able to assist shuttle tanker with mooring and heading control during FPSO offload operations as well as diving maintenance operations. The modifications were planned in Walvisbay, Namibia and would be coordinated by an ITC superintendent and a third party.
Jan van der Sluis relieved the previous captain at Luanda, Angola and after some delay the vessel sailed to Walvisbay. Alongside at Walvisbay the modifications were immediately started. To create a platform for the diving equipment a mezzanine deck was installed on the crash rail located on the aft deck and diving equipment was installed. Mudtanks and chainlockers were converted to gasoil tanks. Rescueboat and crane were relocated and a fast RIB as well as a workboat with cranes were installed. The galley was refitted with additional store capacity. The DP system was upgraded to DP2. A new TV system and wifi internet were installed. Outboard tyre fendering was improved. Further extensive engine maintenance was carried out. After 5 weeks of long busy days on a half disintegrated ship , the fixed captain for the ITC Cyclone returned on board and completed the job.