The Netherlands: Alewijnse to Convert Atlantic Labrador into Offshore Hotel Accomodation

Alewijnse Marine Systems is playing a significant role in the conversion of the jack-up drill rig Atlantic Labrador to offshore hotel accommodation. Built back in 1983, the rig arrived at Scheldepoort Repair & Conversion Yard in Vlissingen on June 26 and the refit will take a few months.

This major project will involve the complete removal of the drilling installation from the rig including the 80-metre drilling tower, sliding piece, cement and mud tanks, as well as all the remaining drilling equipment and redundant cabling and piping. Scheldepoort will meanwhile build a new, 400-tonne accommodation block which is to be placed on the deck, while the current accommodation facilities will be completely refurbished and new life saving equipment installed. The rig is also to be fitted with sponsons in order to comply with stability regulations.

In its role in the conversion, Alewijnse will work on a number of important systems including the installation of a PA / GA system and a fire & gas detection system. Alewijnse will also perform additional support activities at the Scheldepoort yard.

Upon completion the accommodation rig will go into service in the coastal waters of Denmark.

Also at Scheldepoort, Alewijnse is currently in the final stages of the conversion of McDermott International’s Agile from a construction vessel into a high-tech flexible pipe layer. Agile is due to be delivered back to the owner in August after the six month conversion project for operations off Brazil.

This significant order further reinforces the position that Alewijnse has developed in the offshore refit and retrofit market and demonstrates the wide range of skills and capabilities that the company can bring to projects of this complexity.

Source: IRO , July 7, 2011