Aberdeen based Dolphin Drilling Ltd has awarded Harland and Wolff the contract for the dry docking of the Blackford Dolphin mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU).

The project will include upgrade work and repairs and renewals for its Class Renewal Survey. The project will be completed in H&W’s 556m x 93m Main Building Dock, starting November 2013 for approximately 50 days.

The Aker H-3 propulsion assisted semi-submersible rig underwent a major deep-water upgrade in 2006 to 2008. At that time, Harland and Wolff designed and built the new 130 man accommodation blocks, power generation module, mud room and additional buoyancy for the conversion.

James Lappin, H&W Project Manager said ‘We’re delighted to continue our strong relationship with Dolphin Drilling. As a major player in the offshore drilling market, we recognise the importance of this project to Dolphin and their customers. Prior to the rig arrival, we will have a dedicated team working in conjunction with Dolphin, planning every aspect of the workscope to ensure all the equipment, manpower, sub-contractors, materials and components are ready and available.’

Graeme Murray, Dolphin Drilling Managing Director said “We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with Harland and Wolff. I am confident that both the H&W and Dolphin project teams will leverage on the close cooperation and strong teamwork to achieve the timely completion of the project while meeting the stringent standards of quality, safety and reliability.”

Gillian Peden, Marine Sales and Business Development Manager said, ‘Last year we completed the SeaRose FPSO project for Husky Energy. SeaRose FPSO left 4 days early, with all work-scopes complete, under budget and with no injuries or environmental incidents. This is due to the close co-operation of both the Husky and H&W teams, and is a template to follow.’