Smit Lamnalco has performed the first berthing at the ExxonMobil Limited-operated PNG LNG Project Marine Terminal near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In June 2012 Smit Lamnalco was awarded the 10-year terminal services contract with additional extension options. Following an extensive period of preparation and planning, Smit Lamnalco was fully geared up to berth the first LNG carrier, the Spirit of Hela, when it arrived.
Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer Daan Koornneef said:
This reflects the efficiency of our team during the start-up period and shows our strength to provide marine services worldwide. Congratulations on a successful start of the contract. It is gratifying to see that everything came together as a result of great teamwork and fantastic support from all parties involved. Our key priority is operational excellence, providing customers with the services we have promised to deliver to their full satisfaction in a safe and cost-effective way.
Maximising local involvement
Smit Lamnalco is focused on employing Papua New Guineans as part of the company’s crew. The crew will be trained by Smit Lamnalco at the maritime college in Papua New Guinea. “It is our philosophy to have a full national crew within four to five years,” says Smit Lamnalco COO Jan Scheck.
It is Smit Lamnalco’s vision to be ‘best in class’ and to achieve the highest standards possible. Across the entire group Smit Lamnalco adopted the Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) based management system SLIMS (Smit Lamnalco Integrated Management System) which covers all ship and shore operations delivered by the company. Smit Lamnalco is an industry trendsetter, since its system is fully integrated with the offshore industry’s guidelines.
Smit Lamnalco provides towage and marine support services for LNG carriers at the LNG Plant Marine Terminal with four new 70 tonnes bollard pull 32m 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.