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Products and solutions, 2008-06-11, 02:00 PM

Hellenic Shipyards S.A. continues its dynamic course in the conversions field

An agreement has been signed between Hellenic Shipyards S.A. and ABC Maritime for the conversion of a VLCC tanker into a FSU (Floating Storage Unit). The vessel is owned by the Nigerian company “Chalmers Shipping” and is operationally managed by ABC Maritime, from Switzerland. The FSU will be used as a storage vessel for several types of oil and fuel and will be moored, 10 miles outside the coast of West Africa.

As of March 2008, the vessel, to be called “WESTAF” after her conversion, is berthed in Hellenic Shipyards S.A. in Skaramangas. A large amount of conversion works are to be carried out along with the necessary repair works. The conversion works include among others:

- the installation of a mooring system
- the installation of ballast & cargo pumps as well as full modification of ballast system piping & pump room piping, the installation of a new IG generator, new diesel generators and a boiler
- the installation of blenders/heaters and the like as well as modifications to the switchboard
- full blast and tankcoating works (blasting/coating area 65.000 m2, and 350.000 m3 staging used) is to be done

This is the first “offshore” conversion carried out by Hellenic Shipyards S.A. under the flag of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The project, is the second conversion booked by Hellenic Shipyards in less than four months and offers a new perspective to the Marine Services of Hellenic Shipyards S.A. since it creates an opening in the international market of F.S.O’s / F.P.S.O’s. In this way, the Marine Services Unit that has been developing since the company’s privatization in 2002, proves to be a reliable partner by providing excellent technological services, with high quality and stringent safety standards.

Mr. Jan Kees Pilaar, Director of the Marine Services Unit, states: “Conversions are very demanding projects and the works carried out are very impressive and significant as they even include the fitting of additional structures. Taking advantage of the unique location of the shipyard, the know-how of the staff as well as the speed and top quality in the execution of services, we have managed to acquire this major project.”

The FSU “ WESTAF” will be repaired, converted and classified under the supervision of and in accordance with the requirements of the Japanese “NK “

Vessel’s Principal Dimensions:
Overall length: 320 m
Breadth moulded: 54 m
Deadweight: 250.000

New to be fabricated/modified: Generator room, Piping Manifold

Important Dates of Conversion Project:
ETA: 07.03.08
Docking in/out anticipated: 08.07.08 - 03.08.08
Period alongside: 07.03.08 - 08.07.08, 04.08.08 until delivery

Dock & pier
Vessel will be docked in Hellenic Shipyards 500.000 dwt graving dock, which has the following dimensions:
Length: 420,0 m
Breadth: 74,0 m

During repair/conversion the vessel is moored alongside Hellenic Shipyard 450 m long fully outfitted quay no. 3

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