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June 11, 2009

Drydocks World delivers wind farm installers

Drydocks World--Southeast Asia (DDW-SEA), the Southeast Asian subsidiary of Drydocks World, reports the delivery of two self-elevating platforms for wind farm installation.

Built at the Drydocks World -- Nanindah yard on Batam Island, Indonesia, for Self Elevating Platforms N.V., the monohull jack-up barges JB-114 and JB-115 will be operated by subsidiary company, Jack-Up Barge B.V.

JB-114 and JB-115 are the third and fourth GustoMSC SEA 2000 design units successfully built by DDW-SEA. Like, the first and second vessels, now renamed Sea Worker and Seafox 7, they will be deployed in European waters and involved in wind farm installations and related activities.

The units have a 55.5 m x 32.2 m x 5 m hull, a 300 tonnes-capacity mounted pedestal crane and four cylindrical legs, 3.0 m in diameter and 78.85 m in length. They are designed for operations in water depths up to 40 m in and around the Southern North Sea.

Denis Welch, CEO of Drydocks World -- Southeast Asia said: "Both JB-114 and JB-115 are part of a series of sophisticated barges contracted by Self Elevating Platforms N.V., and we are pleased to have successfully delivered four of them to date. These barges will be used specifically for wind farm installation activities, which is one of the industries (alternative energy or power generation) that we are actively pursuing, given that our ship repair, conversion and new building capabilities can be easily extrapolated to suit this growing industry's requirements."

Ronald Schukking, Managing Director of Jack-Up Barge B.V. said, "Drydocks World has once again met our expectations the quality and finish of JB-114 and JB-115 is excellent. We definitely look forward to working closely with Drydocks World in the future."


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