Drydocks World wins US $13 million conversion job

Job involves lengthening an FPSO unit.
BW Athena was converted into an FPSO in 1999.
BW Athena was converted into an FPSO in 1999.


Drydocks World has been awarded a US $13 million contract by BW Offshore.

The scope of work includes lengthening a vessel, the BW Athena, and making and installing a new section for the ship’s Submerged Turret Production (STP) system.

All associated piping and electrical modification, module and crane installation and topside repair will be carried out at Dubai shipyard.

The BW Athena was built in 1994 and was converted into a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in 1999.

An FPSO unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore industry for the processing and storage of oil and gas. An FPSO vessel is designed to receive oil or gas produced offshore, process it and store it until oil or gas can be offloaded onto a tanker or transported through a pipeline.

Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks and Maritime World, said: “We have made a name for ourselves in the vessel conversion market and have supported the oil and gas industry with a diverse range of projects, primarily FPSO and FSOs of varying scope and scale suited to industry needs.

“The contract is a testament to our growing technical capabilities and effective project management skills. We are certain that our growing portfolio of projects from world leading industry players will enhance our clout in this vital sector.”

Two other projects are currently underway at the Drydocks yard.

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