LNG vessels for Qatar

30 Oct 2013

Two joint ventures of Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) are to build and operate seven new LNG-related vessels for the Port of Ras Laffan Doha.

Shipbuilder, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ), and towage operator, Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW), will build two 60 tonne bollard pull (BP) azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs, two 45 tonnes BP ASD tugs, two 15 tonnes BP twin-screw mooring boats and one pilot boat.

Abdulaziz Jassim Al-Muftah, director, Industrial Cities, said: “The growth of NSW’s services in the Port of Ras Laffan and of NDSQ’s activities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard, confirm Ras Laffan Industrial City’s position as a leading LNG terminal and marine hub.”

“QP is committed to the development of Qatar’s energy infrastructure and marine capabilities, and to a bright future for our country’s economy and industrial sectors,” he added.

The vessels, which will be ready for service by autumn 2014/spring 2015, will be operated by NSW at the port on a 14 year contract with Qatar Petroleum.

NSW already operated a fleet of 25 vessels at the Port of Ras Laffan and a further five at Halul Island.

In addition, NDSQ is building 19 workboats for use at the Port of Mesaieed.

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