Umbra, the powerful 51 metre Damen-built Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support vessel, is undergoing a complex three-month refit at Oceania Marine in Whangarei, New Zealand, with expertise from project manager Diverse Projects.
Diverse Projects, based in Aukland, uses a software developed in-house to allow the owner and team to map the refit process in fine detail. According to Diverse, by breaking down each task within the refit, the system flags any potential stumbling blocks, or budget overruns, long before they arrive, delivering a quick, efficient refit process.
Diverse Projects says it is the only system in the world to take an overarching view of the refit process, while simultaneously breaking each component of the refit into its micro-components. Lars Bjorklund, project manager at Diverse Projects, says: “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 the yacht’s next refit.”
Umbra’s refit, which includes adding two metres to the stern and fitting a removable helicopter deck, is a fairly extensive one, which means the team will also be highly focused on ensuring the vessel retains her seaworthiness and impressive speeds once the work is complete.
If all goes to plan, Umbra’s refit will be completed within the three-month time frame before she returns to her busy cruising schedule in the Pacific.