Middle East

Oman Drydock Company repairs its first VLGC

Muscat: Oman Drydock Company (ODC), the largest ship repair yard in the Middle East, has completed work its first membrane-containment LNG carrier, the Ibra LNG.

This is the first such LNG carrier vessel to repaired after OCD was awarded a licence by Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) in June.

“The Ibra carrier project involved a series of complex repair and maintenance jobs,” said Sheikh Khalil Al-Salmi said, ODC’s deputy CEO, in a statement.

“The vessel needed hull blasting and painting, cargo tank inspection by GTT and an overhaul to machinery. This included the engine room, propeller, boiler and generator as well as outfitting and electrical job.”

The project was completed ahead of schedule, Al-Salmi said.

ODC has upgraded its cryogenic shop so it can repair up to four LNG carriers at any one time.

The Ibra LNG (148,176 m3, built 2006) is a VLGC owned by Oman Shipping Company (OSC) and is one of OSC’s seven LNG carriers, all of which are commercially and technically managed in-house from OSC’s base Muscat.

Since opening in 2011, ODC says it has drydocked more than 250 vessels. The shipyard undertook 75 drydockings and repairs in 2013, its strongest year on record. [2/12/14]



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