Friday, July 24th, 2020

FPSO Dhirubhai -1 at HIPG

290m long, 44m beam FPSO of GRT 97,660 is laid up in Hambantota port for her next charter. She is owned by  Aker Contracting FP ASA and managed by AFP Operations AS, Norway and has an oil production capacity of 60,000 barrels. Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons and the storage of oil.

A moon pool of almost 10m diameter needed to be permanently closed and Colombo Dockyard was called for the job. Shipyard pre-fabricated panels at yard work-shop at Colombo with LR Grade EH-36, shot blasted prime coated plates. Then transported by land to the vessel in Hambantota port, welded in place where is a total tonnage of over 28 tons were renewed.

The project team was coordinated by Mr. P.L.Ramesh Lahiru which repairs were headed by Mr Y.R.A.P.M. Rajapakse. The essential planning support was extended by Mr Avantha Gunatilleka, Senior Engineer Planning. 

The professional support extended by the HIPG/ HIPS teams across all levels from the top down to the operation levels must be mentioned and appreciated, which has resulted in Colombo Dockyard being able to promote Sri Lanka as a serious destination for ship repairs and shipbuilding. 

Capt. Nikolaos Messinis who is the master of the vessel looked after the owner’s interest. The husbanding agents Hayleys Advantis Limited provided the necessary co-ordination support to manage the project smoothly and complete the project on schedule meeting owners and DNV Classification Society’s requirements.

Colombo Dockyard PLC operates in collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd, Japan since 1993 providing ship repair and shipbuilding services to the global marine fraternity at one of the most strategic marine hubs “Sri Lanka”. 

“An odyssey of excellence continues..”

Closure of moon pool of FPSO Dhirubhai -1

Welding prefabricated panels in place