Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND), the joint venture between Babcock International and Asyad Drydock, has completed a first-of-its-kind double engine replacement for the U.K. Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class frigate, HMS Montrose, in the Middle East.
Undertaken at Asyad Drydock facility at Duqm, Oman, this complex operation to replace the Forward Auxiliary Machinery Room generators was a package of more than 500 items.
Part of an extensive fleet time support program for HMS Montrose, the team also stripped back the flightdeck and fully repainted it; completed funnel cowling repairs; and built and tested a brand new, main shaft seal cofferdam.
“Once again, our Joint Venture team has supported the Royal Navy in Oman, delivering an on time, to cost comprehensive maintenance program, including the first Forward Auxiliary Machinery Room double engine replacement in the Middle East,” said Will Erith, Babcock’s Marine Sector Chief Executive.
“Our global support approach underpins the service we deliver whenever, wherever our customers require.”
All activities during the eleven-week repair period were completed against the backdrop of strict COVID working protocols and challenging temperatures.