Since 2011, when Asyad Drydock yard commenced its ‘soft’ operations, virtually all types of ships have entered the yard for various repair projects. These include ULCCs, VLCC, all sizes of smaller tankers, LNG and LPG tankers, bulk carriers, containerships, general cargo vessels, Ro-Ro vessels and dredgers, and several other vessels from the offshore oil and gas industry.
As early as June 2012, the yard celebrated its 200th repair project; it has since grown in strength and stature, corroborating the importance of general repair operations in a ship repair yard’s annual turnover. Known in the trade as ‘haircut and shave’, this market segment covers all the regular repairs, maintenance, and refurbishments.
Asyad Drydock’s success can be gauged from the number of repeat customers returning to the yard, along with multi-ship contracts won. The list of ships it has repaired has increased exponentially over the years, including repeat orders from some of the world’s largest and most traditional shipowners, including such names as Dynacom, Maersk, CMA CGM, ITM Shipmanagement, Springfield Shipping, Social Cooperation of India, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited and Oman Shipping, among a host of others.
Asyad Dry Dock offers the full range of general repair services including:
* Hull blasting & coating
* Tank and cargo hold coatings
* Anti- corrosion work
* Machinery repairs
* Pump repairs
* Electrical repairs
* Deck machinery and crane repairs
* Ro/ro equipment repairs
* Propulsion and propeller repairs
* Tailshaft removals
* Steel renewals
* Accommodation upgrades
Apart from general repair projects, Asyad Drydock's considerable steel capability allows the yard to carry out emergency repair projects involving steel renewal, ranging from small amounts of steel to large grounding damage projects. It can take on full responsibility for Class Surveys, working closely with the world’s major Classification Societies. All repair operations can be project managed by Asyad Drydock personnel, in cooperation with owners or specialized OEM companies.
In addition to executing general repair operations, Asyad Drydock is also equipped and experienced to undertake large conversion contracts. One of the significantly large conversion contracts it has carried out so far involved three massive OBO carriers, which were converted to VLCCs for Greece’s Springfield Shipping. The 314 m long, 319,000 dwt Olympic Luck was the first to be converted; on the basis of the successful completion of this first conversion project, Springfield awarded two more contracts, covering the same conversion on-board the Olympic Luck and Olympic Leopard.
This highly complicated conversion project included the construction and insertion of some 40 new blocks, weighing between 50 and 80 tons, upon each ship, resulting in the use of around 3,000 tons of new steel per ship.
LNG and Naval
Asyad Drydock’s intent to increase its involvement in the LNG tanker repair market has seen it carry out several projects, including repair projects on-board LPG tankers. The yard has also gained experience with moss-type (spherical) containment systems, and the license agreement with France’s GTT allows it to survey, inspect and repair membrane-type containment systems. Its capability came to the fore when one of the world’s largest ships, the 400,000-dot ore carrier Sohar Max, drydocked at the yard for schedule repairs.
Naval Repair and Conversions
Among Asyad Drydock’s major projects are its naval repair and conversion works. Its forte in handling repair, maintenance and refurbishments has seen it execute several repair and conversion operations for the naval sector.