Dubai based unit to manage class docking of all Bourbon vesselsWritten by Nick Blenkey
Paris-headquartered offshore services giant Bourbon has set up a new organization, Bourbon Docking, to help it achieve its target of 95 percent vessel availability. Located in Dubai, Bourbon Docking will manage the class dockings of vessels, for all Bourbon affiliates.
In accordance with the Bourbon 2015 Leadership Strategy plan, the group’s growth strategy is based on the mass-building of vessels in series. This substantially reduces costs, not only for construction and procurement but also, just as importantly, for vessel maintenance.
Bourbon Docking will optimize the benefits of this strategy. “Due to the rapid growth of Bourbon’s fleet, the company will standardize class dockings using common specifications for all sister ships,” says Stéphane Burgaud, Bourbon Docking Managing Director.
100% of Class Dockings centralized by 2013
With its dedicated team of experts (project and docking superintendents, purchasing and logistic officers,), Bourbon Docking will centralize purchases through one single entity, minimize vessel downtime and increase reliability, thanks to permanent local stocks of spare parts and a network of in-house technicians sharing best practices across all Bourbon affiliates.
In 2012, 50 percent of all class dockings will be managed from Dubai and in 2013, all class dockings for Bourbon vessels will be managed by Bourbon Docking.
Dubai was a strategic choice of location for Bourbon Docking as it allows for business to be conducted with Asia during morning hours, and with Africa and America in the afternoon hours. Dubai is also an important logistics hub while the strategic location in Dubai also allows Bourbon to limit the impact of the euro/dollar exchange rate.
“Bourbon Docking complements Bourbon’s existing maintenance program, which includes a worldwide network of Bourbon Repair Centers as well as the continuous available supply of critical spare parts – the vessel’s ‘showstoppers’ – for vessels located around the world,” explains Fabien Monleau, Bourbon Vice President Maintenance.
January 12, 2012
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