Bourbon cuts vessel maintenance downtime

Bourbon Docking has performed well in the 17 months since it was established in Dubai, says parent company Bourbon.

Offshore staff

DUBAI, UAE – Bourbon Docking has performed well in the 17 months since it was established in Dubai, says parent company Bourbon.

The division handles maintenance management of all offshore support vessels owned by the group’s affiliates.

“In 2012, 14 Bourbon Liberty 200 vessels were in dry dock, for an average downtime of 23 days,” said Stéphane Burgaud, managing director of Bourbon Docking. “The planned maintenance periods for this series were then centralized in Nigeria. Since Jan. 1, 2013, nine Bourbon Liberty 200s were in dry dock there, and the average downtime lasted just 14 days, representing a nearly 40% reduction in vessel downtime.”

Bourbon Docking provides procurement, logistics, and technical teams that work with the 15 Bourbon ship managers and sales teams. Maintenance periods are planned with vessel use requirements in mind, allowing downtime to be coordinated with contract end-date times. The division also manages the group’s repair centers in Rio de Janeiro, Abidjan, Port Harcourt, Walvis Bay in Namibia, Singapore, and Dubai.

“In 2011, the technical availability rate for vessels in the Bourbon fleet was 93%. In 2012, we reached a rate of 94.3%,” said Fabien Monleau, vice president of maintenance. “We have taken organizational steps in order to reach the goal that we all strive for: a 95% technical availability rate for vessels in 2015.”

6/05/2013

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