Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) received its 10th LNG carrier repair order from GDF SUEZ in-house technical vessel manager Gazocean. The vessel will undergo extensive maintenance works. The 73, 646M3 capacity vessel was delivered under the name of Gaz De France Energy in 2006 at Chantiers de L’Atlantique in St.Nazaire and was renamed in 2009. The vessel was the first vessel fitted with a Dual Fuel Diesel Electric Propulsion which is now a new standard of the LNG shipping industry and has a GTT CS1 type LNG containment system. The vessel will stay in the yard for approximately 55 days of which 20 days in dry-dock.
Damen Brest’s Managing Director Jos Goris comments: “The long established relationship of the yard which dates back from the SOBRENA times with both Gazocean and GDF SUEZ GLOBAL GAS & LNG has certainly helped us in securing this order. Following nine foreign LNG carriers under Damen Management, all employees are proud to see the first French owned LNG carrier in our yard.
“The LNG experience and know-how in France is second to none with companies like GDF Suez, GTT, Europe Technologies/ERI, Cegelec, CryoStar, APERAM, AMRI all contributing to the French LNG expertise cluster. This adds an enormous value to the service we offer our international clients”, adds Mr. Goris.
GDF SUEZ LNG Senior Vice President Operations & Technical Shipping Mr. Jacques Sainson comments: “GDF SUEZ is very happy to return to the Brest shipyard and is confident to obtain the best service under the DAMEN flag.”
Damen Shiprepair Brest is well known for its LNG expertise dating from the SOBRENA period and has the re-opening of the yard in April 2012 slowly but surely regained market share of North Western European LNG carrier dockings.
Presently, the yard has two LNG carriers in dock: a large deep-sea pipelaying vessel and a shuttle tanker from KNUTSEN with an extensive scope of work.
Damen Shiprepair Brest
DSB is a well-established repair yard with modern facilities. The yard employs over 200 staff and has three graven dry docks and sufficient repair berths. The biggest dry dock measures 420 x 80 metres and is one of the biggest in Europe, allowing the yard to accommodate almost any ship in the world.
The shipyard offers a broad range of services for any vessel type, including LNG tankers, oil tankers, semi-submersibles, shuttle tankers, FPSO’s, offshore construction vessels, jack-up rigs, RoRo vessels and ferries. The highly skilled workforce is particularly well-known for its Off-shore, LNG and Crude Oil tanker expertise.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420×80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.