Van Oord Contracts Sietas for Commissioning of “Stornes” (Germany)


Van Oord, the renowned, globally operating dredging, marine and offshore contractor from the Netherlands has engaged the Sietas shipyard in Hamburg for the final fitting-out and commissioning of its new flexible fallpipe vessel, “Stornes”.

This special offshore vessel was transferred to the port of Hamburg from the Chinese Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.. She docked at the fitting-out pier of the Sietas Group’s Norderwerft shipyard today. Over the next weeks, experts from both the Sietas and Norderwerft shipyards and the vessel’s owners and operators, Van Oord, will carry out the necessary work before the “Stornes” sets out for her first assignment.

Van Oord awarded the contract for building the challenging self-unloader “Stornes” to the Chinese shipyard in 2006. Construction was complete by summer 2011. Installation of the unloading system and part of the commissioning and tests of the “Stornes” remained to be done. To adhere to the remaining schedule, the operating company decided to transfer the vessel to the Norderwerft shipyard for this work.

“We greatly appreciate the confidence that Van Oord has shown in us with this contract,” said Rüdiger Fuchs, CEO of the Sietas Group. “Sietas has many years of experience and extensive know-how in the building of self-unloading bulk carriers. With the Sietas and Norderwerft shipyards, part of the maritime Sietas group, we offer integrated solutions from a single source. That means unrivalled quality, efficient cost management, high productivity and adherence to schedules. Testing and commissioning are highly demanding, complex tasks that the Sietas shipyard is delighted to undertake for Van Oord.”

Jaap Bakker, Manager Plant Design & Construction at Van Oord: “Our excellent experience during development of the Jack-up vessel recently ordered from Sietas for Offshore Wind Farm installation made us decide to prepare the ‘Stornes’ for final commissioning and testing in Hamburg.”


Source: Sietas, August 12, 2011