One of the biggest and most modern ship repair yards in the Middle East, Oman Drydock Company (ODC), has recently received its first LNG carrier, the Muscat LNG, owned by Oman Shipping Corporation SAOC. As part of its middle term service, Muscat LNG underwent the service operation at ODC during 11 days and was delivered within the estimated 12 days.
The service operation for Muscat LNG included the mechanical cleaning of the main boilers and the fire sides. She was pressure tested and the LNG Cargo pumps, the ballast pumps and the safety and mounting valves for the main boiler were overhauled. The cable hangers and cables were renewed on flying passage (at 5 locations) and new cable supports (20 sets) for the cable way were installed during passage and the core wires were modified in tube type fluorescent light. As part of the regular maintenance work, the hull was equally painted.
After the successful repair at ODC, the ship loaded LNG at Qalhat Terminal and left for the Far East. Since its soft launch in April 2011, ODC has been moving prudently towards a gradual ramp-up of its operations. Starting with handling of relatively small vessels, ODC has since then handled a total of 32 ships of varying sizes, the largest being the Hermann Buss, a 1,608 TEU vessel owned by German Shipping Line. With currently six ships under repair and four on the waiting list, ODC is all set for its commercial launch in February 2012.
About Oman Drydock Company SAOG
Oman Drydock Company SAOC (ODC) was established in September 2006, by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman (GOSO) with its 100% investment and operated by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company Limited (DSME) of Korea under the contract for operation and management. Oman Drydock is strategically located outside the ‘Hormuz Strait’ and is in close proximity to the busy regional sea-lanes traversing Oman’s coastal waters and at the ‘Gateway to the Gulf’. Located in Duqm, in the Al Wusta region of Oman on the Southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, ODC is ideally situated to take advantage of the passing oil trade in the Gulf region.
Integrated Ship repair hub
Conceived as a fully integrated ship repair services hub, spread over 1,277,000 sq. meters of land and 1,139,000 sq. meters of sea surface with 2,800 meter length of quays, ODC features 2 graving docks, each of world scale 410 m length and are large enough to accommodate merchant ships of all sizes, including Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC), 4th & 5th generation container ships and other vessels and will soon include a floating dock of Panamax size.
With about 5,000 skilled and experience workforce, ODC will perform all kinds of repair works from routine maintenance up to major conversions for ships up to 600,000 DWT, including major steel, blasting and painting work, machinery overhauling and up gradation as well as all kinds of steel outfitting, piping and electrical work.
In-house slop and sludge treatment
The yard has an in-house tanker slop and sludge processing and waste water treatment systems for tankers to offload their slops. There is an incinerator and a chemical treatment plant located inside the shipyard making it a green ship yard.