Oman Drydock lays down LNG marker

Muscat: The Oman Drydock Company (ODC), one of the Middle East’s newest and biggest shipyards, has revealed details of its strongest year of trading to date.

The shipyard undertook 75 drydockings and repairs in 2013 taking the total number to 190 since the yard was opened in Duqm in Central Oman in 2011. ODC also saw staff numbers increase to more than 2,000 in 2013.

“We see real potential for growth particularly in becoming a centre of excellence for the repair of LNG carriers,” a spokesperson for the company said, adding: “As a result we will be ramping up the promotion of our services, which are among the most advanced in the world. This includes offering customers the in depth technical support we receive from our partner Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company Ltd and its subsidiary DSEC.”

2014 will see DSEC forge a closer partnership with ODC to provide specialist LNGC repair technology. This will cover areas such as cargo containment systems and the supply chain of various materials such as INVAR, insulation boxes, membranes, prefabricated panels and cryogenic safety valves.

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