June 2, 2009
BP Shipping trials grounding avoidance system
Drydocks World--Dubai has installed a trial version of a grounding avoidance system on the 46,803-tonne oil tanker, British Tenacity for BP Shipping. Drydocks World says the installation is an industry first.
Personnel from Drydocks World-Dubai worked for 12 days to modify British Tenacity's bow and fabricate the structures required to accommodate the system's transducers and a new Navigation Display System on the vessel. Drydocks World-Dubai's advanced fabrication workshop, one of the largest of its kind in the region, used approximately 11 tonnes of Grade A steel to fabricate the refurbished bow area.
The Grounding Avoidance System, developed by Marine Electronics Ltd. in conjunction with BP Shipping, is a three-dimensional, forward-looking sonar system that helps identify obstacles anywhere in the water column up to a range of one kilometer
Nawal Saigal, Managing Director, Drydocks World--Dubai, said: "The cooperation with BP Shipping in installing the advanced Grounding Avoidance System was a unique opportunity for Drydocks World-Dubai to prove its capability in handling complex and sophisticated engineering assignments."
Drydocks World is exhibiting at the upcoming Nor-Shipping event in Oslo.