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Oman Drydock receives its first LNG carrier

LNG Industry,

One of the biggest and most modern ship repair yards in the Middle East, Oman Drydock Company (ODC), has recently received its first LNG carrier, the Muscat LNG, owned by Oman Shipping Corp. SAOC.

As part of its middle term service, Muscat LNG underwent the service operation at ODC and was delivered a day ahead of schedule. The service operation for Muscat LNG included the mechanical cleaning of the main boilers and the fire sides. She was pressure tested and the LNG cargo pumps, the ballast pumps and the safety and mounting valves for the main boiler were overhauled. The cable hangers and cables were renewed on flying passage (at five locations) and new cable supports (20 sets) for the cable way were installed during passage and the core wires were modified in tube type fluorescent light. As part of regular maintenance work, the hull was also painted. After the successful repair at ODC, the ship loaded LNG at Qalhat Terminal and left for the Far East.

Since its soft launch in April 2011, ODC has been gradually ramping up its operations. Starting with relatively small vessels, the shipyard has since handled a total of 32 ships of varying sizes, the largest being the Hermann Buss, a 1608 TEU vessel owned by German Shipping Line. With six ships currently under repair and four more on the waiting list, ODC is all set for its commercial launch in February.

ODC was established in September 2006 and is operated by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company Limited (DSME) of South Korea. The shipyard is located outside the ‘Hormuz Strait’ and is in close proximity to the busy regional sea-lanes traversing Oman’s coastal waters and the ‘Gateway to the Gulf’. Located in Duqm, in the Al Wusta region of Oman on the Southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, ODC is well situated to take advantage of the passing oil trade in the Gulf region.

Conceived as a fully integrated ship repair services hub, spread over 1 277 000 m2 of land and 1 139 000 m2 of sea surface with 2800 m of quays, ODC features two graving docks, each of world scale 410 m length and are large enough to accommodate merchant ships of all sizes, including Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC), 4th and 5th generation container ships and other vessels and will soon include a floating dock of Panamax size.

With a skilled and experienced workforce of approximately 5000, ODC can perform all kinds of repair works from routine maintenance up to major conversions for ships up to 600 000 DWT, including: major steel, blasting and painting work, machinery overhauling and upgrading as well as all kinds of steel outfitting, piping and electrical work.

ODC also has an in-house tanker slop and sludge processing and waste water treatment system for tankers. ODC’s green credentials are shown by the fact that there is an incinerator and a chemical treatment plant located inside the shipyard.

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