DUBAI -- Drydocks World has added two new berths to its facility, increasing its conversion capacity.
The new FPSO quay is located on the lee face of the main breakwater, with a total length of 668 m (2,191 ft) and a dredged depth of –11m DMD (Chart Datum) over a length of 630 m (2,067 ft). Each new berth is more than 59 m (194 ft) wide and is projected to increase Drydocks World-Dubai's FPSO conversion capacity by two vessels per year.
The completion of Berths 9 and 10 enable the shipyard to provide more lay-down and fabrication areas for the conversion of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) to FPSOs. FPSOs usually dock for one to two years, occupying crucial yard space for repairing of vessels. The new berths, which currently operate with three cranes, provide the much-needed additional space to meet growing customer demand, the company says.
Berth 10, which is at the seaward end of the quay, became operational on March 23 with the berthing of an oil tanker now undergoing FPSO conversion. Berth 9 was completed on April 8 and is fully operational for conversion works.