Gulf Drilling International Limited (GDIL) says its new Qatari-built liftboat, ‘Al Safliya,’ has been completed and is expected to be commercially deployed at the Dolphin platform in early 2016.
Al Safliya, which was built at Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), is the first vessel in the country’s marine history that is being built in Qatar, for a Qatari owner and for use by Dolphin Energy Limited.
GDIL, which is the largest oilfield service company in Qatar, is a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS).
This investment represents another step in the growth of GDI’s diversified assets - its second liftboat and its third non-drilling jack-up, the company said in a statement.
GDIL has already entered into a long-term contract with Dolphin to provide accommodation and platform support services. The vessel is self-propelled, equipped with two deck cranes and has top class accommodations along with its ancillary facilities for over 130 persons.
This customised liftboat will be equipped with a large open deck area of 800 sq m, a helideck and a specially designed gangway as a bridge to the customer’s platform.
The naval architecture and marine engineering arm of Keppel Offshore & Marine designed the vessel, in collaboration with N-KOM.
Liftboats are more efficient and cost-effective alternatives to traditional offshore service vessels, as they can be mobilised without requiring third party assistance and they are able to optimise operations since they are less affected by weather and provide a more stable work environment.