ALUCIA San Francisco refit by Diverse Projects

Diverse Projects finishes refit of iconic exploration vessel Alucia, recently featured in David Attenborough’s latest Great Barrier Reef documentary

Auckland-based refit specialists, Diverse Projects, has been selected to undertake their third consecutive refit of 56m research and exploration vessel Alucia.

“It was a special brief for Diverse Projects on several levels” says Diverse Projects director Lars Bjorklund. “As an Auckland-based company, we are tremendously proud to see a vessel we have so much history with, return to us for refit. The uniqueness of this vessel was built to broaden our scientific understanding of the ocean and illuminate its myriad natural wonders.


Alucia’s refit commenced in San Francisco in December 2015 shortly after filming for the three part BBC series, Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough, was completed.


The Diverse team was appointed for their expertise in complex refits with demanding timeframes, and relocated to base themselves in San Francisco for the duration of the refit. The project began before Christmas 2015 as winter set in, and was completed at the beginning of March 2016.  


The rigorous refit included interior works, engine and machinery services and an entire hull paint job. The refit also included upgrades to multiple systems from the bridge through all areas of the vessel were undertaken, and Alucia’s five year regulatory needs were also attended to

Submarines play a huge role in the extent of exploration Alucia is able to undertake, and the refit project also included the rebuild of several submarines utilised in the vessel’s iconic expeditions, which will now be tested in Mexico.


The project management team kept to an exacting delivery schedule, and the three month refit saw the explorer yacht launch at the end of February and depart on 13 of March 2016.


Key to its ability to deliver refits on time, Diverse Projects continues to develop and utilise its proprietary management software, Predict, on all projects. It allows easy, complete tracking of tasks, budgets, interaction by crew, shipyard and management teams, and provides the company with successful delivery results.


The refit is the third undertaken by Diverse Project on Alucia. She underwent an extensive upgrade in 2014 to stay in survey for her multi-faceted operational requirements. The work, carried our over 12 months, saw a radically refreshed yacht leave the yard.


The refit was carried out at Bay Ship & Yacht Alameda, with a Synchrolift capable of hauling out vessels out to 1,200 tonnes and up to 62 metres, and drydock lift capacity up to 3000 tonnes.

The team at DiverseProjects has enjoyed the challenges working on this very unique vessel over the last three years and wish all involved with her the best for their transit voyages in the Pacific Rim through to the Atlantic.


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