Heaviest vessel lifted by Namdock


07 March 2020 | Technology

Quinton Simon; Marketing manager, “We look forward to more projects like these.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Namdock (previously EBH Namibia) has been hard at work to ensure the company remains the number one dry docking facility along the West African region.

This week was no exception, with Far Sleipner becoming the heaviest vessel to dock and be lifted out of the water by Namdock yet. The Far Sleipner is currently docked at Namdock 3, which has a capacity to lift 80 tons per square meter from the water. It displaces about 83.3 tons per square meter and is stationed on 423 blocks mounted underneath the vessel on Namdock 3.

To further cement its footprint in the local industry, the company also celebrated three million hours without a lost time injury.

Namdock has been working exceptionally hard for the past three years to ensure the safety of all its employees and contractors on site.

Namdock’s marketing manager Quinton Simon said that it took meticulous planning to ensure the docking of the vessel.

“To dock a vessel, we submerge the dock, in this case Namdock 3. We have a number of water tank systems that we fill with water when the dock is submerged. When the vessel is in the dock, we line her with blocks placed under the hull with the assistance of divers. As soon as the divers give us the all clear, we start raising the dock by pumping water from all tank systems. As soon as the blocks touch the hull, the process stops for us to check that everything is still in place and in line. We then continue to lift the platform until it is in position.”

Namdock started with the docking process of Far Sleipner at 10:00 and finished about 16:00 yesterday (Friday).

“It’s a strenuous and careful process, since the vessel very heavy. This is also the first time that we made use of blocks placed underneath the ship at a height of about 3.2 metres. Because of the height, it became a more risky docking operation.”

Simon said that the vessel will be stationed on the dock for between 19 and 21 days, and will be alongside the dock for another 12 days to complete all repairs required.

“It’s about a 30 day complete stay in Walvis Bay. It’s a great project for Namdock and a great start to the year. We look forward to more projects like these.”

He thanked the docking team, for the successful docking of this vessel.

The Far Sleipner which will be renamed to Norman Navigator, belongs to Solstad Offshore, a company based in Norway but mostly operates in Angola. She is 142.6 metres in length with a displacement weight of about 11 300 tonnes and can accommodate about 130 people.

Walvis Bay mayor alderman Immanuel Wilfred along with municipal councillor Paulus Kauhondamwa and members from the media were treated to a first-hand experience of the historical docking project and given a tour to witness operations of Namdock on Friday.

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