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Springfield to convert two more OBOs to VLCCs in Oman

Athens: Onassis-controlled Springfield Shipping is to convert two oil-bulk-ore (OBO) carriers to VLCCs at Oman Drydock Company (ODC), Oman.

The Selma B (319,869 dwt, built 2010) will be converted and renamed as the Olympic Lion; similarly, the Camilla T (319,900 dwt, built 2009) will be converted and become the Olympic Lion. Work is set to begin in June.

ODC delivered the OBO-to-VLCC conversion Olympic Luck (319,900 dwt, built 2010) to Springfield in January this year.

“The Olympic Luck was the first major conversion job we had undertaken and its success was a tremendous showcase for the world-class workforce, skills and infrastructure that we have here at ODC,” Dr Abdulmalik Bin Abdullah Al Hinai, ODC’s chairman, said in a statement today.

“Converting the Selma B and Camilla T will send a big message to the industry about ODC’s capabilities, competitive advantages and ambitions for future growth.”

The projects will together employ around 500 workers and use over 6000 tonnes of steel.

“As with the Olympic Luck, we expect to fabricate close to 40 blocks between 50 and 80 tonnes for each vessel. This will enable us to build in larger portions, reducing on time and cost,” added ODC chief executive Yong Duk Park (pictured).

ODC is managed and operated Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea.

“We are pleased to award the contract for these two major new conversions to ODC based on quality and the strong working relationship we have built up with its team,” Dimitris Patrikios, Springfield’s general manager said of the deal.

“ODC had been chosen following the immensely impressive job it delivered on the Olympic Luck. ODC has facilities that are truly world-class and its team works enormously hard to find efficient solutions to difficult challenges. We very much look forward to working on these conversions and then seeing these magnificent vessels transport oil safely around the world.”



Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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