Smit Lamnalco has performed the first berthing at the PNG LNG Project Marine Terminal, which is operated by ExxonMobil Ltd.
The LNG terminal is located near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Smit Lamnalco was awarded the 10-year LNG terminal services contract with additional extension options in June 2012. Following an extensive period of preparation and planning, Smit Lamnalco was able to berth the first LNG carrier, the Spirit of Hela, when it arrived.
Smit Lamnalco is determined to employ Papua New Guineans as part of the company's crew. The crew will be trained at the maritime college in Papua New Guinea. Jan Scheck, Smit Lamnalco COO, said: "It is our philosophy to have a full national crew within four to five years.”
Smit Lamnalco has adopted the Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) based management system SLIMS (Smit Lamnalco Integrated Management System) across the entire group. This covers all ship and shore operations delivered by the company.
Smit Lamnalco provides towage and marine support services for LNG carriers at the LNG Plant Marine Terminal with four new 70 t bollard pull 32 m ASD tugs: SL Jamba, SL Korowi, SL Logohu and SL Siage.
The PNG LNG Project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities, onshore and offshore pipelines and liquefaction facilities.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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