Solstad returns to Gibdock

'Normand Pacific' returned to Gibdock's drydock for three weeks 'Normand Pacific' returned to Gibdock's drydock for three weeks
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Norway’s Solstad Offshore has returned to Gibraltar-based ship repair company, Gibdock, for the special survey of its 5,000 tonne Construction Support Vessel (CSV) ‘Normand Pacific’.

The 122m long Normand Pacific, which was built at the Fosen shipyard in Norway in 2010, entered the Gibdock yard in mid-May for a three-week programme of works, including two weeks in drydock and one week alongside.
 
A key element of the drydocking works was the servicing of Normand Pacific’s two Schottel propulsion thrusters which, in addition to three Brunvoll tunnel thrusters and a Brunvoll retractable azimuth thruster unit, were dismantled in the dock, and moved to the yard’s workshops for extensive overhaul work. Gibdock fitters assisted owner-arranged manufacturer technicians with the servicing of all six units.
 
In addition, Gibdock assisted MacGregor service engineers with the overhaul of the Normand Pacific’s 200 tonnes lift capacity offshore crane.

“This was in many ways the most demanding aspect of the project, as it involved removing three out of the four hydraulic boom cylinders, each of which weighed eight tonnes, and transporting them to the workshop, where they were stripped down and overhauled,” said Paul Cano, ship repair manager, Gibdock.

“We then returned them to the ship, lifted up the boom and refitted the cylinders in place, while other works on the crane and surrounding area were ongoing,” he added.

When the crane was fully operational once more, Gibdock sub-contracted Water Weights to carry out a load test, to class requirements, using water bags.
 
The three-week stay of Normand Pacific at Gibdock also saw the yard carry out extensive pipework for various systems onboard, including the installation of 57m of new piping for new ballast water treatment technology.

Additionally Gibdock fabricated and installed pipelines for the cooling system, and carried out a range of standard drydocking works, including external hull coating and overhauling the sea valves. The vessel’s lifeboats and davits were also tested and serviced during Normand Pacific’s stay in Gibraltar.
 
Established in 1964, Solstad Offshore is a leading global offshore services provider operating a fleet of around 50 fully- and partly-owned vessels, including Platform Support vessels (PSVs), Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) craft and CSVs.

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