GIBRALTAR – Solstad Offshore has commissioned Gibdock to drydock and to convert the platform support vessel Normand Vester.
Last year the yard converted theNormand Trym and Normand Vibran for the same owner.
The scope for this latest project is similar, with some differences. For instance, the Normand Vester ‘s fresh water capacity is being increased by converting two of the stability tanks from water ballast to fresh water, and eight of its mud tanks are being converted to provide increased fuel oil storage.
Additionally, two wing tanks are being converted to void spaces opened by the changes to the stability tanks.
This work is needed to prepare the 84-m (275-ft) long, 4,500 dwt vessel for a four-year charter that Solstad has recently agreed with Petrobras offshore Brazil. Here the vessel will need to supply offshore facilities with 1,600 cu m (422,675 gal.) of potable water and 1,600 cu m of fuel oil.
Another Solstad ship, the 127-m (416-ft) long, 9,500 dwt construction vessel Normand Cutter, also docked at Gibdock in April following a program off West Africa, to undergo its second class renewal. Gibdock also conducted thruster, crane, and general repair work.