GE’s Marine Solutions was awarded a service contract by CIMC Raffles to provide the first dry-dock services on two of Gazflot’s semisubmersible drilling vessels, the Northern Lights and Polar Star.
During the dry-docking, GE’s Marine Solutions will thoroughly test its scope of supply and will replace and upgrade parts where necessary.
This dry-docking will enable Gazflot to continue operating its vessels at optimum levels.
The two vessels were equipped with GE technologies including dynamic positioning, automation, drilling drives, MV 7000 propulsion drives, Power Management System, Vessel Management System and Thruster Assisted Mooring System. These technologies have been reliably at work on Gazflot’s ice class vessels, which are capable of drilling up to 10,000ft in the adverse conditions in Northern Russia.
Through the current contract, GE’s team of on-site engineers will ensure the longevity of installed systems while working with the yard to supervise the dry-docking activities.
“GE will not only carry out the required maintenance activities on the two vessels, but will also be assisting with the supervision of the activities throughout dry-docking,” Yongqiang Shao, deputy general manager, CIMC Raffles said.
“GE’s deep understanding of these technologies makes them an ideal partner for this dry-docking, and with GE’s engineers carrying out the maintenance activities, we are confident that our vessels are in a safe pair of hands,” Andrey Nikireev, deputy head of power supply department, Gazflot, said.