Middle East

Oman Drydock Co completes OBO to VLCC conversion for Springfield

Muscat: Greece’s Springfield Shipping has taken delivery of Olympic Luck (319,900 dwt, built 2010), a VLCC converted from an oil-bulk-ore (OBO) carrier at Oman Drydock Company (ODC). This is the first major conversion project that ODC has undertaken.

“The vessel weighs more than 319,000 tonnes and is close to 314 metres in length. More than 1,000 men worked on the job, which involved 3,000 tonnes of steelwork and was completed in around 80 days,” ODC’s chairman, Dr Abdulmalik Bin Abdullah Al Hinai, said in a statement. 

“We removed bulk head covers and installed new swash bulk heads, making the vessel multi-functional for more efficient loading,” he continued. “For the Olympic Luck we fabricated close to 40 blocks of between 50 and 80 tonnes. This enabled us to build in larger portions, reducing on time and cost.”

“This was a unique project which helped to show the professional expertise of ODC,” said Dimitris Patrikios, 
Springfield Shipping’s general manager. “It was the first time ODC has taken on a project of this scale. Our decision to award the contract was based on ODC's promise to complete the project with high quality.”

ODC is managed and operated Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea. Currently 30 professionals above manager class including the CEO from DSME are working for ODC, the Duqm-based yard says. [23/01/15]


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