Drydocks wins vessel conversion contract from AET


Drydocks World has won a contract from Singapore's AET to convert a pair of tankers to modular capture vessels (MCVs).

As per the contract, Drydocks will implement the vessel conversion at its Dubai facility of the MCVs from two newbuild aframax tankers - the Eagle Texas and Eagle Louisiana - built for AET at the Tsuneishi Tadotsu shipyard in Japan.

AET is converting these vessels as part of the Marine Well Containment Company's (MWCC) well containment system.

MWCC is a not-for-profit, standalone organisation with ten member companies: ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, BP, Apache Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess.

The conversion will allow the tankers to continue to operate normally as tankers in the US Gulf of Mexico, with the capability to be deployed as MCVs.

Conversion scope includes installation of four power generators, four retractable type azimuth thrusters, one tunnel thruster, dynamic positioning system, pipe racks, structural supports for process modules and a flare tower turret.

The first vessel is expected to arrive at the yard in December 2011 and the second vessel in February 2012, and each project is expected to take nine months to complete.

According to reports, each vessel will be equipped to handle about 100,000 barrels of liquid and about 200 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, and will be capable of operating at depths of 10,000ft.

Earlier this year, AET received a 20-year contract from MWCC to supply two MCVs to provide hydrocarbon capture and containment services to tackle an underwater well control incident in the US Gulf of Mexico.