Keppel Adds 20,000-DWT Dock At Philippines Yard

Keppel Philippines Shipyard, Inc.

(KPSI) has enhanced its capability by adding a new 20,000-deadweight ton floating drydock to its facilities.

The firm now has three docks, two others with capacities of 6,000 dwt each.

Named Keppel Floating Dock No.

3, the new dock has an overall length of 518 feet and a clear width of 75 feet, with maximum docking draft of 23 feet and maximum docking weight of 7,500 tons.

The new dock is served by two cranes and installed with a chain mechanism to enable the repositioning of bilge blocks while the dock is submerged.

KPSI has also constructed a new pier to provide additional berthing space for vessels undergoing alongside repairs. The total berth space in. the yard has doubled to about 1,968 feet.

The waterfront has also been dredged to accommodate vessels with draft of up to 33 feet.

Other new facilities include new equipment like compressors, hydroblasting machines, airless painting machines, traveling stage and welding machines.

"With these new facilities, which cost about $4.6 million, KPSI is well equipped to meet the drydocking needs of interisland vessels with bigger tonnage," said Hoe Eng Hock, president of KPSI. "At the same time, we are also extending our services in this highly competitive industry to international shipowners." For free l i t e r a t u r e detailing Keppel Philippines Shipyard, Circle 141 on Reader Service Card

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