Shipdock Amsterdam continues with the overhauling of a high-tech DP diving support vessel the Seven Eagle. Senior project manager Tjeerd Schulting stands on an after-deck section that has been renewed by Shipdock’s crew.
Looking around him Mr. Schulting said: “This really is the Champions League of ship repair…”
The ship he is referring to is a high-tech DP diving support vessel the Seven Eagle, which is owned by Subsea 7. This ship has been designed to carry out field development and construction activities and features: a 16-man twin bell saturation diving system, two work class ROVs (able to operate up to a depth of 3,000 metres) multiple cranes – including the 250t main crane, a 90t top-tension flexible lay system and a 1,200t below-decks storage carousel.
The many tasks for Shipdock include: HP washing, blasting and painting of both moon pools, an overhaul of both Azimuth propulsion thrusters as well as the three bow thrusters, the renewal of the after-deck, overhaul, blasting and painting of the booms of the main crane and two other cranes at Shipdock’s steel & construction site, renewal of multiple pipes and valves, blasting and painting of the under water ship and a lot more… A prestigious job indeed.
Tjeerd Schulting: “Offshore work is a growing market and we are happy to get a fair share of it. These kind of jobs make us feel proud to be a part of Shipdock. For everybody – our staff as well as our subcontractors – working for clients like Subsea 7 is what makes our clock tick. As I said, the Champions League of ship repair. But that also creates a degree of responsibility; not only in craftsmanship but, nowadays, especially in HSEQ. To meet with the high safety standards required by our offshore customers, we have developed a tailor-made Offshore Health and Safety Regime. This we constantly improve on a day-by-day basis, for example by talking and listening to the client’s own safety officers, who are here to monitor our progress, and by immediately implementing the lessons we learn.”
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, April 9, 2012; Image: shipdock