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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.


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