Samsung today can best be described as an assembly line, where the outfitted steel blocks coming from sub-suppliers in Korea and China are welded together in the graving docks or floating docks, lifted in place by giant floating cranes, the largest of which can lift up to 8,000ton. Incredible that steel blocks more than 20m long can be made to the accuracy of a few millimeters – small enough that the gaps can be welded without cutting-off surplus materials at the joints. The main activities in the Geoje yard in Korea is assembly and testing & commissioning. The first impression during the day is that there are a lot of ships and not so many people, but do not be fooled: in the morning and evening there are people, bicycles, bikes and cars everywhere – understandable when considering that around 30,000 people work at the yard.
Samsung will deliver upwards of 50 vessels this year, consisting of a mix of FPSO’s, container ships, drill ships, LNG tankers and oil & gas topsides, including the Worlds largest floating unit, the Prelude FLNG for Shell that will be completed in a couple of years time.