ASRY's Services Are In High Demand

The second quarter at ASRY has continued at a brisk pace, with a high demand for the yard's services. The last few months have seen approximately 25 vessels being repaired and converted— including the unique conversion of Abouzar 1200 from a derrick ship into a deep water pipelay barge.

Of the other vessels repaired, four were over the 250,000 dwt mark, with Olympic Loyalty being the largest at 308,041 dwt. Approximately seven vessels were between 40,000 dwt and 100,000 dwt with the remainder below 30,000 dwt. Work was also undertaken on USS Raven for the U.S. Navy, as well as on a variety of dredgers and jack up rigs.

The second quarter brought about an increase in the number of inquires and dockings for chemical carriers. Tankers that were drydocked during this period included Bow Lady at 32,227 dwt; A1 Farabi at 23,953 dwt; and NCC Najran at 28,027 dwt. Other contracts included Skopelos, 274,950 dwt; Berge Chief, 289,980 dwt; and Samco Europe, 255,087 dwt. Work was also performed on two dredgers: Nautilus (6,250 dwt) and Rasheed (1,577 dwt) along with jack up rigs Arabiyah 4 and Bibby Marinia.

The yard has also seen an increase in demand for painting and blasting services and during the first six months, approximately 480,337 sq. m. of blasting were performed with approximately two million sq. m of painting completed.

This is up approximately 22.5 percent on the same time period last year — and the trend looks as though it will continue for the rest of the year.

Available specialist contractors at ASRY has increased in the yard with the addition of Golten (Dubai) opening a new facility with five technicians now able to undertake work on Woodward Governors and fuel injection equipment.

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