Solstad returns to Gibdock for further conversion workYard News // June 13, 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 the Normand Trym and Normand Vibran at the Gibraltar yard, successfully completed for the same owner last year.
While the 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.
This 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. This contract requires that the vessel is able to supply offshore units with 1,600m3 of potable water and 1600m3 of fuel oil.