Appledore And DnV To Assist In Operation Of Okpo Shipyard

A & P Appledore Limited and Det norske Veritas have signed a joint contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Heavy Machinery Limited, part of one of Korea's largest industrial trading groups, to provide operational and completion assistance for their major and unique shipbuilding complex, situated at Okpo Bay, Koje Island, Republic of Korea. Containing one of the widest and most versatile newbuilding docks in the world, the shipyard design was developed over the past four years by APA, who were also responsible for the design of the first mammoth shipbuilding yard in Korea, namely Hyundai at Ulsan.

The contract with Daewoo is to jointly supply the complete range of systems, production technology, and management software required to operate the shipyard. It will also involve the supply of certain key expatriate staff for periods of up to three years. Another important area of assistance is the organization of training for Korean shipbuilding personnel at all levels. The total period of the contract will be about three years.

When the Okpo yard is completed, around the end of this year, it should be one of the world's most productive shipyards and will be particularly adaptable for the present shipping demands for medium- size ships in the 30,000 to 180,000-dwt range. In addition to shipbuilding, Daewoo aims to embark upon offshore construction work, and the fabrication of specialist factories on barges at Okpo.

The building dock at Okpo has been designed for the simultaneous construction of two or more product lines such as shipbuilding, offshore, or floating nuclear power plants. With a length of 535 meters and a width of 131 meters (1,755 by 430 feet), the dock, which is to be served by a 900-ton goliath crane of 206 meters (676 feet) span, represents a huge production capability for Daewoo.

Daewoo has taken an initial order from Westfal Larsen and Rederiei Odfjel of Norway for six chemical tankers of about 22,500 dwt. These ships will be delivered throughout 1982 '3. Daewoo aims to realize the full potential from the production facilities at Okpo before the end of 1983, by which time it is anticipated their ability to provide quality products in the fields of ships, offshore structures, and specialist industrial plants will have been achieved.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 18,  Aug 15, 1980

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