LNG SOKOTO in dock @ Damen Shiprepair ⚓️

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Last week we went offshore to shoot some images from SHELLS LNG SOKOTO on sea as she was still gasfreeing in the bay just outside the Damen yard.
As a ‘subcontractor’ for DAMEN we had to timelapse the drydocking of this huge vessel 288m x 48m in Damen’s dock.

Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) is a well-established repair yard with modern facilities. The yard employs over 200 staff and has three graven dry docks and sufficient repair berths. The biggest dry dock measures 420 x 80 metres and is one of the biggest in Europe, allowing the yard to accommodate almost any ship in the world.

The shipyard offers a broad range of services for any vessel type, including LNG tankers, oil tankers, semi-submersibles, shuttle tankers, FPSO’s, offshore construction vessels, jack-up rigs, RoRo vessels and ferries. The highly skilled workforce is particularly well-known for its LNG tanker expertise. The vessel is managed by London-based Shell International Trading & Shipping Company Ltd.

Thursday 30 August 2012 I went with the Pilot on board to photograph the vessel on open sea, in the meantime the dock gate was openend and at 15:30 exectly as scheduled she moored on starboard along side. Mooring lines were adjusted and the fitting of the gangway by CCI was done, and both boilers of the ship were shut down. Friday morning August 31 @ 06:00 the dock gate was closed and the pumping of the dock started, sea water level was 5,2m. around 15:00 we had a dry dock.

Under guidance of HSEQ Manager Nicolas, I shot great picture on a beautiful sunny day and with the Superintendent of Shell who also introduced me to the Captain for next week shooting of part two of this great project in Brest.

Keep following us and come back for more images of the Bonny Gas Transport-owned, 79,822 DWT ‘LNG SOKOTO’ docked in Brest.

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