Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) has been contracted by the GDF SUEZ in-house technical vessel manager, Gazocean, to perform repair works on its 73,646m³ capacity LNG carrier vessel.
The latest contract marks the tenth LNG carrier repair order for Damen.
Damen Brest managing director Jos Goris said: “The long established relationship of the yard, which dates back from the Sobrena times with both Gazocean and GDF SUEZ Global Gas & LNG, has certainly helped us in securing this order.”
“Following nine foreign LNG carriers under Damen management, all employees are proud to see the first French-owned LNG carrier in our yard.”
As part of the order, the LNG vessel will undergo extensive maintenance works and will stay in the yard for nearly 55 days, of which 20 days will be spent in dry-dock. Details of the work to be performed have not been disclosed.
According to Damen, the Gaz De France Energy vessel was delivered in 2006 at Chantiers de L’Atlantique in St.Nazaire. It was later renamed in 2009.
The vessel features a GTT CS1-type LNG containment system and is the first to be installed with a dual fuel diesel electric propulsion, which is considered to be a new standard of the LNG shipping industry.
Damen Shiprepair Brest yard was re-opened in April 2012, and currently has two LNG carriers in dock, including a large deep-sea pipe-laying vessel and a shuttle tanker from Knutsen.
Image: GDF SUEZ Global Energy LNG carrier. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.