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    Solstad returns to Gibdock for further conversion work

    Yard News // May 27, 2011

    Norway’s Solstad Offshore has returned to Gibdock for the conversion and drydocking of the 84m long, 4,500 dwt PSV Normand Vester.

    This follows on from the conversion of Normand Trym and Normand Vibran at the Gibraltar yard, successfully completed for the same owner last year.

    While Normand Vester project is similar in scope to these earlier conversions, there are some differences.

    In this case the fresh water capacity is being increased by converting two of the stability tanks from water ballast to fresh water, while eight mud tanks are being converted for increased fuel oil capacity. Furthermore two wing tanks are being converted to void spaces due to the conversion of the stability tanks.

    The work is necessary to prepare the vessel for a new role, under a four year charter that Solstad has recently agreed with Petrobras of Brazil. The contract requires that the vessel is able to supply offshore units with 1,600m3 of potable water and 1,600m3 of fuel oil.

    Malcolm Rosie, technical director, Solstad Offshore (UK) said: “Gibdock was chosen to carry out this work as they offered a very positive attitude to the project, were in a good location en route to Brazil and offered competitive rates.

    "Gibdock also delivered excellent results with the Vibran and Trym conversions in 2010.”

    Another Solstad ship, the 127m long 9500 dwt offshore construction vessel Normand Cutter, also docked at Gibdock in April this year, having been operating in West Africa.

    On this occasion the yard was required to dock the vessel for its second class renewal. In addition to general survey requirements, Gibdock assisted with thruster and crane work and carried out general repair work.


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