GORINCHEM, Netherlands, May 21 (UPI) -- Damen Shiprepair & Conversion is to perform maintenance and an upgrade of the Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur.
The bridge layout of the ship, originally built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in 1987, will be reconfigured with new communications equipment and its bow will be reinforced to ensure the vessel's operating capability until 2025, the company said.
Specifics of the equipment to be installed in the upgrade program were not detailed.
Damen said several areas also will receive "facelift" upgrades.
"During the refit/maintenance project the vessel will be berthed at Damen Shipyards Den Helder, the Netherlands, from the 7th of September 2015 until the beginning of 2016, when the ship will towed to Damen Shiprepair Harlingen for dry-docking and painting," the company said. "The Zr Ms Mercuur needs to be fully operational within 12 months."
The Damen Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards around the world.