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Oman Drydocks LNG repair boost with GTT license

Oman Drydocks LNG repair boost with GTT license
Oman Drydocks Co (ODC) ambitions to become a major hub for LNG repairs received a major boost this week when it was formally awarded a Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) license at Posidonia 2014.

ODC chairman Dr Abdulmalik Al Hinai was joined by GTT ceo Phillippe Berterottiere at the ODC to make the announcement at the shipyard’s stand.

“Oman has an important LNG fleet and its geographical position thrusts it to the forefront of the international LNG market,” Berterottiere. “It is close to shipping routes for the Gulf and Asia.  GTT has been very impressed by ODC’s commitment to standards right through its workforce, management and control systems.  We also saw evidence of ODC’s determination to continue to improve into the future, which is vital to us.”

Commenting on the milestone ODC’s Dr Abdulmalik said: “We are deeply committed to providing the highest possible standards of repair work in the LNG sector. The GTT license will strengthen our offering for cargo containment systems for high-end LNG carriers. More widely the GTT license is proof of our intent and our seriousness to grow and diversify into the LNG market.”

The move follows its recent partnership with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on LNG repairs.

“Only last month we announced further strengthening of our LNG services with the launch of a new venture with our partner DSME. Working with its subsidiary DSEC we have developed one of the most advanced LNG repair packages in the world,” he said.

Dr Abdulmalik also spoke about the importance of the Greek shipping market to the shipyard

“ODC has already delivered repairs for more than 50 Greek owned or operated ships,” he said.  “We have an important relationship with Dynacom Ship Management helping drydock a number of its vessels including VLCCs. We are further proud to repair the Astro Polaris owned by Maran Tankers which we delivered a day ahead of schedule.”

The 1.3 m sq m shipyard had a soft opening in 2011 and has drydocked over 230 vessels.