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Smit Lamnalco wins Bahrain LNG escort tug contract

Thu 10 May 2018 by Mike Corkhill

Smit Lamnalco wins Bahrain LNG escort tug contract
Smit Lamnalco tugs in escort service mode as an LNG carrier approaches Gladstone in Australia

Rotterdam-based Smit Lamnalco has secured a 20-year contract with the National Oil and Gas Authority of Bahrain (NOGA) covering the supply of marine services at the Bahrain LNG import terminal.

The centerpiece of the deal is the provision of four 70-tonne bollard pull tugs that will assist with the escorting, berthing and departure of LNG carriers visiting the facility. As part of its overall package, the towage and marine services provider will assist in developing the infrastructure that supports the project.

The Bahrain LNG import terminal will use a floating storage unit (FSU) and a jetty-mounted regasification facility located offshore approximately 5 km east of Khalifa Bin Salman port. Regasified cargoes will be piped from the double-berth jetty to a shore receiving connection point in the port zone. Teekay will supply the 173,400 m3 FSU, Bahrain Spirit, which is under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
The Bahrain LNG terminal is jointly owned by Nogaholding, NOGA’s investment and development arm, and a consortium consisting of Teekay LNG Partners, Gulf Investment Corporation and Samsung C&T. 

The project has been developed to supplement domestic gas production and ensure the availability of fuel to meet seasonal peak demands and growing industrial sector requirements. Commercial operations at the facility are scheduled to start in 2019.

Smit Lamnalco will initially employ four escort tugs from its existing LNG terminal support fleet. However, in the fifth year of the contract these vessels will be replaced by four new purpose-built tugs for the remaining 15 years.

In addition to specialised terminal tugs and their crews, Smit Lamnalco’s full portfolio of LNG-related terminal services encompasses emergency response, pilotage and mooring, logistics and shore base management, environmental response, vessel traffic management, marine consultancy, terminal management and inspection, repair and maintenance. The nurture of local seafarer talent forms an integral part of long-term service contracts.

Notable recent LNG terminal marine services contracts secured by Smit Lamnalco include PNG LNG in Papua New Guinea, Port Qasim in Pakistan, Cameroon LNG in West Africa and Gladstone in Australia. 

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