Dubai: Drydocks Wins Contract to Build New Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) Vessel


Drydocks World has won a contract to build a new state-of-the-art oil well intervention Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) vessel, representing a third order from integrated energy industries service provider Hallin Marine. The vessel will cost a total of US$110m.

Designed by STX Canada Marine Inc, the diesel/electric CSS’s primary function is to facilitate repair and maintenance to an existing well, via chemical injection on braided lines, extending perforation tunnels and effectively maximising and extending the productive life of the well.The CSS is equipped with four fixed-pitch Azimuth thruster units and full DP-3 capacity, which enables automatic as well as manual dynamic positioning/heading control in harsh environmental conditions, and has a multiple inherent fail-safe capability.

Denis Welch, Chief Executive Officer of Drydocks World – South East Asia, noted that the vessel’s main capability of repair and maintenance is aligned with one of Drydocks World’s main strengths. “It will enable the marine equivalent of keyhole surgery to sub-sea oil production systems,” he said. “This is an exciting first for Drydocks World, also the first of its kind to be manufactured in Batam.

Other features of the 84 metre, 8,200 dwt vessel include an active heave-compensated offshore crane, a single line lifting of SWL (Safe Working Load) 150 tonnes, a complete active heave-compensated, electro-hydraulic Deep Water Lowering System, a five tonnes provision crane and two ROV systems, one launched via the internal moonpool and the other from the vessel’s starboard. The CSS can accommodate up to 152 sub-sea team members.

Hallin Chief Executive, John Giddens, said: “Drydocks World has produced two excellent vessels for us in building the Ullswater and the Windermere and its engagement and enthusiasm for the CSS, along with a competitive price, convinced us it was the right company to build our new flagship!”

The Subsea Operations Vessel, Windermere, was completed at Drydocks World’s Singapore yard and is to be delivered shortly. The Ullswater was delivered in February 2009. The contract for the new CSS vessel, classed by ABS, which will be named like its predecessors after one of the 26 lakes in the UK’s Lake District, has just been formally signed in Singapore.

Denis Welch concluded: “We are extremely pleased to extend our relationship with Hallin via this contract and we look forward to eventually constructing a fleet which covers the names of all 26 lakes in the Lake District!.”

Drydocks World has been a signal brand in the maritime industry for over 25 years. The foremost name in international ship repair, it has since become a pivotal force in the sectors of new shipbuilding, rig building, FPSO conversions, offshore fabrication, and fleet operations.

Drydocks World facilities operate in the Middle East and South East Asia:

In the Middle East, Drydocks World provides cutting-edge ship repair, conversion and newbuilding services via strategic geographic location, advanced technologies, and resource-heavy workshops. The 200-hectare facility at Dubai Main Yard allows simple and direct sea access through a 350-metre wide entrance channel. Three graving docks can handle any size vessel type, existing or planned, and are supplemented with a 15,000 tonne floating dock and 3,100 metres of repair berths. Multiple ship repair options and self-service facilities are also available at Al Jadaf, Dubai and at Drydocks World’s new facilities at New Jadaf in Dubai Maritime City.

In South East Asia, Drydocks World unites leading expertise in offshore rig construction, shipbuilding, conversion, and ship repair. It is located at the world’s crossroads of busiest shipping lanes, in close proximity to major offshore oil and gas field developments. Diverse marine activities are focused in four shipyards, namely: Singapore and Batam (represented in Graha, Nanindah and Pertama). Collectively these encompass 29 building berths, eight floating docks, and a specialised rig building yard.

Source: Drydocks

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