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    Heavy lift ship becomes pipelay barge

    Yard News // May 18, 2001
    Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard (ASRY) in Bahrain says it has begun work on an interesting conversion project which will see it transform a heavy lift ship into a deepwater pipe laying barge capable of laying pipes in up to 100m of water.ASRY was awarded the contract for the conversion by Iran Offshore Engineering Co (IOEC), who will use the converted vessel on Phase I of the 120km Iran South Pass development, which will carry natural gas to a refinery at Assaloueh.The design and engineering for the conversion was assigned to IHC Gusto in the Netherlands. Pipe laying equipment is being installed to enable the ship to handle pipes from 8-60in in diameter.ASRY is installing around 1,200 tonnes of steel, mainly to reinforce the bow, installing the firing line, tunnel and elevator shaft, with the stinger attached to the bow. Pipe handling operations will be conducted from the port side once the ship re-re-enters service.ASRY says the pipe laying equipment to be installed includes two tensioners,a line-up module, transfer conveyor, fixed and adjustable roller supports, and automatic welding machines.

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