Propulsion overhaul for Solstad CSV at Gibdock

The 'Normand Cutter' during its three-week stay at Gibdock The 'Normand Cutter' during its three-week stay at Gibdock

Gibdock shipyard in Gibraltar has completed a three-week drydock programme for Solstad Shipping’s 127m construction support vessel (CSV) ‘Normand Cutter’, including an overhaul of its propulsion system.

The 10,979gt vessel left the yard on 29 June. Its five Brunvoll thrusters, two tailshafts, CPP propeller hubs, rudders and gearboxes were removed and overhauled. Gibdock also carried out a range of standard drydocking and survey items, including painting, valve repairs and refurbishment, minor steel repairs and pipework. Once out of drydock, Normand Cutter remained at the yard for intensive crane testing, up to a safe working load of 330 tonnes.

Jonathan Pocock, Gibdock’s ship manager for Normand Cutter, said: “It was a challenge to carry out this project within the drydock time allocated, particularly given the amount of work required to overhaul the propulsion system, but we completed the task to the owner’s satisfaction.”

The 2001-built vessel previously docked at Gibdock in April 2011 for its last five-year special survey, and is one of a number of Solstad vessels serviced in Gibraltar over the past decade. Gibdock reported that, at the time of Normand Cutter’s departure, three more offshore vessels were in the yard.

Richard Beards, managing director, Gibdock, said: “Increasingly offshore operators in the Mediterranean and West Africa view Gibraltar not just as a shipyard, but as an offshore base to support their activities in this part of the world. On that basis we are optimistic about securing further offshore work in the second half of 2016.”

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