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Saudi's Murjan Al Sharq picks Damen for oil and gas project

Three Damen vessels to help contractor complete extensive oil dredging and installation scheme

Saudi's Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting has taken delivery of three Damen Shipyards vessels, including a Shoalbuster 2509 [pictured].
Saudi's Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting has taken delivery of three Damen Shipyards vessels, including a Shoalbuster 2509 [pictured].

Damen Shipyards has delivered three vessels to Saudi Arabian construction firm Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting Company to complete an extensive oil dredging and installation project.

The delivery of a Stan Tug 1606, a Shoalbuster 2509, and a Stan Pontoon 4512 – the latter equipped with a Damen DOP Pump – marks the end of a coordinated construction and delivery contract involving three shipyards in the Netherlands, China, and the UAE.

“The overall aim of our client’s project is to improve the efficiency of the old wells", said Chris Clark, MSMC general manager, speaking on the news. “We will be dredging a 5km trench and installing a new trunk line to tie in wells that have been recently upgraded. After that we have a pipe pull, followed by backfill operations.”

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MSMC will use two vessels bought from Damen in 2017 to dig the first 1km of the trench, with the remaining 4km dredged using the new Stan Pontoon 4512, supported by the new Stan Tug 1606, and the new Shoalbuster 2509.

Built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands, the Shoalbuster 2509 will be called upon for support tasks further from the coast and for its 30-tonne bollard pull during pipe pulling operations.

“Most vessels with a 2m draught are not going to give you 30 tonnes of bollard pull. But that is the unique thing about the Shoalbuster – it can maintain its bollard pull even in shallow water. It’s a remarkable feat,” said Clark.

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Abduallah Natheer, MSMC chairman, added: “[The latest deliveries] give us access to their engineering and technical team – people who really know what they’re talking about when it comes to designing vessels for actual projects, this results in smooth execution of the work for our clients.”

In total, Damen operates 35 shipbuilding and repair yards and currently employs 12,000 people worldwide. It has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide.

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