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VLCC berths raise capacity

TWO VLCC berths are being installed to alleviate pressure on space, providing up to 650 m additional capacity which will support DD World’s conversions business. DD World expects to handle four VLCCs this year. “Vittoria is due to sail imminently, she’s been here a long time and that’s been a large conversion,” said Taylor. It is now decommissioning tank facilities, so all storage tanks will be removed. “It’s no longer an environmentally friendly or profitable business,” said Taylor. “That land will give us scope to develop new business, be it steel fabrication, rig building, shipbuilding or module construction.”Work continues apace on two rigs; the first, for Aker Kvaerner, will be ready early August and the second becomes operational next February. At the neighbouring DMC site, its existing dry dock will be relocated and supplemented with a second dock which will support the yacht business. “DMC backs on to our basin &

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