‘Thor’ undergoes repainting and thruster inspection at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

  • Date: June 2016
  • Ship name: ‘Thor’
  • Ship type: DP1 Jack-Up Vessel

Type of tasks performed for this project:

  • Painting
  • Inspection

The DP1 jack-up vessel ‘Thor’ visited Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) for painting in the client’s new livery and inspection of her thrusters.

A special docking solution was required due to the 3.825 metres height of the vessel’s aft thrusters - standard dock blocks are 1.8 metres.

DSDu used the vessel’s four legs to maintain the hull at the height required to keep the thrusters clear of the dock bed while the inspection was conducted.

In order to spread the considerable load on each leg, wooden platforms were positioned beneath them to ensure that there was no damage to the dock.

The 70 metres by 40 metres vessel is owned by the DEME Group who is a regular client of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC). One of the projects completed earlier this year for the Group was a thorough maintenance, repair and survey programme for the 20,000 tonne fallpipe vessel Flintstone at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam.

“DSC has an excellent relationship with the DEME Group. During 2014 and 2015 we drydocked and repaired 11 vessels for them,” explained Carlos de Vliegere, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Sales Manager for Belgium.

“DSC’s ability to react quickly and deliver fast turnarounds with short lead times is valued by the client, as is the quality of the work.”

Following the completion of the project, ‘Thor’ departed for Antwerp.

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque, part of Damen Shipyards Group since 2012, is the only provider of ship repair and conversion services in the Port of Dunkirk, France’s third largest harbour.

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque


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