Joint venture company Saipem (France) and AFCONS (a large Indian marine plant operator and port facility construction company) undertook the US$380 million project to construct a new bulk jetty with the port facility at Sohar Port in the Sultanate of Oman.
The project started with the mobilisation of five jack-up ‘work-over’ barges, along with tugs used for maneuvering them in the field. Times Marine completed vessel suitability audits and then carried out in-depth ‘on-hire’ surveys prior to commencement of operations with Saipem/AFCONS.
Loadout of four buoys
Aalmar USA was appointed as warranty surveyors by the insurance underwriter for the project loadout of four SBM (Monaco) buoys constructed for Foster Wheeler (UK), during the construction phase at Nobel facility. After in-house naval architectural review of the loadout ballasting plan, lashing arrangement and stability for sea passage, all four buoys were successfully loaded onto a barge and shipped for final fitout at GPC construction yard. The project was finished on time, on budget and with no damage to the cargo.
Construction rig ‘Maharani’
An in-house naval architectural review of float on, stability, marine movements and lashing for the loadout of construction rig ‘Maharani’ on to Korean flagged semi-submersible vessel ‘STX Rose 1’. The project was completed on time, on budget and without any damage to the cargo, with the rig reaching final destination and discharging ready for further duties in a fully operational condition. Aalmar was appointed by underwriter insurers to Saipem AFCONS jv bulk jetty construction for the USD 1.6bn project.