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Drydocks World-Dubai trials Advanced Grounding Avoidance System

Drydocks World-Dubai trials Advanced Grounding Avoidance System

Dubai: Drydocks World-Dubai, has installed a trial version of a Grounding Avoidance System on the 46,803-tonne oil tanker, British Tenacity for BP Shipping.   The installation of such a system on a sea vessel is an industry first. The Grounding Avoidance System, developed by Marine Electronics Ltd. in conjunction with BP Shipping, is a three-dimensional, forward-looking sonar system that helps identify obstacles anywhere in the water column up to a range of one kilometre.  

Personnel from the subsidiary of Drydocks World worked for 12 days to modify British Tenacity's bow and fabricate the structures required to accommodate the system's transducers and a new Navigation Display System on the vessel. Drydocks World-Dubai's advanced fabrication workshop, one of the largest of its kind in the region, used approximately 11 tonnes of Grade A steel to fabricate the refurbished bow area.

''This is a proud moment for us,' said Nawal Saigal, Drydocks World - Dubai md. 'The cooperation with BP Shipping in installing the advanced Grounding Avoidance System was a unique opportunity for Drydocks World-Dubai to prove its capability in handling complex and sophisticated engineering assignments. The forthcoming Nor-Shipping 2009 in Oslo, offers an important platform for Drydocks World to highlight this achievement and many more across our yards.'  [03/06/09]