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October 05, 2021

First steel has been cut as part of the latest ship repair and conversion project at Drydocks World.  

Drydocks World Dubai, part of DP World, has begun work converting an Aframax tanker capable of storing 700,000 barrels of oil to a Floating Storage and Offloading Unit (FSO).

The extensive modification and life extension work will include the provision of a new hull coating, designed to make the FSO’s performance reliable for uninterrupted service for next 20 years for offshore operation. Other work includes fabrication and installation of an external turret for weather waning, helideck fabrication and integration, metering skid, modification to cargo system, Installation of Hose Reel & Crane.

COO of Drydocks World, Neil Millar commented: “Today is an important milestone for Drydocks World as we begin work on a ten-month project for our customer, Dixstone, contractor of Oil Company Perenco Petroleo e Gas do Brasil. With our extensive industry knowledge, world class facilities and talented team of engineering experts Drydocks World is a trusted partner to the shipping and offshore oil & gas industry, delivering projects safely, on time and to the highest standards.”

Drydocks World has recently launched a digital transformation project to deliver operational efficiencies and improved customer services. CEO of Drydocks World, Capt Rado Antolovic PhD said: “Our people will be better equipped to do their jobs by working with real-time data, integrative platforms and improved knowledge-sharing that will enable them to focus on the areas of their expertise.”

Dixstone commented: ”After several months of engineering, and procurement works for DIXSTONE team, it is a great achievement to see today the first steel cut in Drydocks World Dubai as part of FSO PARGO conversion project. Together with Dubai Drydocks World we are now entering several months of intense and challenging construction activities, and we are focusing on safety and quality of works.“

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