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Ship REpAiR ShipBuilding Texas, into so-called Modular Capture Vessels for deployment in the Gulf of Mexico. The project, undertaken by Marine Well Containment Co., a not-for-profit company headed by ExxonMobil with nine other oil company shareholders, aims to have the two vessels available within hours to respond to any deepwater emergency in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company initiative—a direct response to the Macondo disaster—will see the two ABS-classed vessels operating as lightering Aframax units in the Gulf, but capable of mobilization within hours in the event of an incident. The Modular Capture vessel is a new concept on which ABS initially granted “approval in principle.” But senior shipyard executives believe the two AET vessels could be the first of a series, as more robust risk management strategies become an essential component in all deepwater projects. Detail of the conversion and the plant installed on board the tankers is limited so far, but it understood that many millions of dollars have been spent on the ships’ internal arrangements. They will have modules for collecting undersea oil in the event of an emergency, as well as a capability for skimming, containing and storing oil at the surface. Some of the modules will be installed at DDW; others when the vessels arrive in the Gulf later this year. Meanwhile, the delayed floating storage and regasification unit FSRU Toscana is due to leave DDW any time now. Held back through no fault of the shipyard, owner OLT Offshore was The FSRU Toscana was due to leave Dubai Drydocks World, following commissioning tests by OLT Offshore. The Floating Storage Regasification Unit will be operated by Saipem off of the coast of Italy near Livorno completing commissioning tests in January prior to the vessel’s departure for Italy where it will be operated by Saipem off the coast near Livorno, feeding gas into the Italian grid. At Bahrain’s ASRY, the new 1,500-yard repair quay—a part of the yard’s $188 million expansion program—has opened up a significant new area for offshore repairs. Two new rail-mounted cranes were commissioned last year and the yard has now recently completed four 45-tonne ASD tugs customized to meet its own requirements. It is hoping to attract regional orders for tug construction. Meanwhile, executives have their eye on the floating power plant sector. They are confident that new orders will materialize and have now completed construction of one power barge hull on spec, while work on two more is now underway. GRANDWELD, GOLTENS TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN DUBAI Back in Dubai, the first tenants in Dubai Maritime City (DMC) are finally taking up residence. After long delays, two heavy-hitters are now on site. Grandweld Chief Executive Jamal Abki is clearly excited by the prospect of more space and direct access to the waters of the Gulf, enabling the construcMARCH 2013 MARINE LOG 19

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