• 2019 March 26 12:20

    Damen Verolme Rotterdam completes refit of drilling rig Stena Don

    Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) has completed a major refit of the Stena Drilling-owned 5 th generation, semi-submersible drilling rig Stena Don, the company said in its release. The vessel arrived at DVR in October 2018 and departed for her new contract off the UK’s Shetland Islands in February 2019.

    The most significant aspect of the works was the installation of an eight-point mooring system for her future drilling contracts. By using this for holding position, emissions will be significantly reduced and substantial savings on fuel costs will be made. The upgrade also enables the rig to work in shallower waters than before which greatly increases her operational envelope. DVR, one of Damen Shipyards Group’s most experienced yards in the repair and refit of complex offshore structures, began preparations for the installation of the new mooring system well before the Stena Don arrived at the yard. Various elements of the system were manufactured by Damen in advance including the anchor chain lockers and sponsons. Weighing 1,200 tonnes in total they were fabricated at Damen Shipyards Mangalia before being shipped to Rotterdam.

    Other key components included eight anchor winches and the fairleads plus the winch control cabins, new VFD switchboards and brake resistor units. The eight ultra-high-holding power anchors were delivered by Damen Anchor and Chain Factory. In addition to installing the mooring system the yard also strengthened the hull to comply with the new regulations regarding the mitigation of wave impact forces. The extra weight required the fitting of two additional sponsons. Furthermore, the POB capacity was upgraded from 120 to 140 persons on board. This included the fabrication and installation of two triple lifeboat systems. On the 18 th of February the Stena Don exited the yard for the reinstallation of its six DPS thrusters in the deep water of the Port of Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte. The official handover to Stena Drilling followed on 26 February, in line with the original schedule. The following day she departed for Bergen for inclination tests and additional assessments prior to starting work off the Shetland Islands.

    “This was a major project with limited time available, with its challenges.” said Jan Kees Pilaar, managing director of DVR, “It was effectively a turn-key project with DVR handling every aspect including the detailed engineering. However, we know Stena Don from previous projects and have an excellent working relationship with Stena Drilling so the combination of familiarity with the vessel and the support of different specialist units within the Damen Group ensured a successful conclusion.” “We are deeply impressed with how DVR, in close cooperation with our own first-class project team on site and all involved subcontractors, managed to successfully complete this very challenging project on time, on budget and without incidents,” added Fredrik Samuelsson, Commercial Project Manager at Stena Drilling. “A lot of work had to be completed in a very short time frame and this could only be achieved thanks to the professionalism and dedication shown by DVR throughout the project. The result is a very capable and highly versatile rig which will make us and our clients proud for many years to come.”

    The Stena Don, a harsh environment, dynamically-positioned, 5 th generation semi-submersible drilling rig, can drill in waters up to 650 metres deep and has an upgraded accommodation capacity for 140 personnel. 95.5 metres in length and with a beam of 67 metres, it was built by the Kvaerner Warnow Werft Shipyard in Germany in 2001. This was the drilling rig’s fourth visit to the DVR site, with its most recent stopover in July 2015 when it came in for a special periodical survey and a mid-life upgrade. 

    Damen Shipyards Group

    Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 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 values 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 superyachts. For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works. Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating (and covered) drydocks, including the longest, 420 x 80 metres, and the widest, 405 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.




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2019 April 19

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2019 April 18

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