Smit Lamnalco has developed a world-class capability to deliver innovative solutions for the LNG terminal sector and is committed to expanding its presence in this fast growing business.

Based on decades of experience, the company has an in–depth understanding of the needs of this highly specialised branch of the industry, which means it can customise solutions to meet the very specific requirements of LNG/FLNG operations. The company has at its disposal one of the world’s most sophisticated and modern LNG terminal support fleets. This includes high performance tugs, with advanced LNG terminal capabilities, and also pilot boats and mooring vessels.

With our experience in offshore support vessels, this skill and experience can be adapted to the requirements of future FLNG facilities.

Smit Lamnalco assisting LNG carriers in Papua New Guinea

LNG/FLNG activities

Emergency response

In addition to oil and fire–fighting, Smit Lamnalco provides an arrangement of pre-planned emergency response, including offshore/onshore evacuation and emergency response to LNG incidents, such as boundary cooling, single/multi water curtain production and emergency towing.

Fire–fighting and oil spill response

The fire–fighting capability of tugs plays a crucial role in the overall safety system at oil and gas terminals and Smit Lamnalco vessels are fitted with a range of equipment meeting with Classification notation and customer–specific requirements to suit operational needs.

Our crews are highly competent in dealing with terminal emergencies, having attended specialist fire training courses supported by regular drills to ensure they are familiar with the resources available, the methodology required, response procedures established and liaison with port authorities and terminal operations staff.

The company’s teams are also highly–qualified in spill control and recovery techniques to deal with surface pollution, as well as in dealing with other pollution control measures, and are available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any incident. They have gained their experience at sea, which is continuously updated via internal and external training.

Many Smit Lamnalco tugs are equipped with tanks of dispersing agents, pumps, spray booms and oil spill containment booms. Oil spill response includes setting up floating booms, spraying of dispersants, pumping out fuel remaining in the tanks, transferring fuel and other hazardous materials to recycling centres, cleaning the water surface with skimmers followed by treatment in settling tanks.

Marine support and consultancy

Depending on the marine requirements, Smit Lamnalco provides vessels best suited to the operation, including advice and consultancy in particular offshore operations.


Smit Lamnalco supplies safe, efficient and dependable pilotage to offshore, coastal and harbour terminals worldwide, offering a seamless ship/shore interface to expedite vessel turn around in port. The company is fully committed to IMO Resolution A.960(23) “Recommendation on training and certification and on operational procedures for maritime pilots” and is compliant with its recommendations; supplying clients with competent, professional and positively vetted personnel to conduct their marine activities in today’s high risk marine environment.

Working closely with federal governments, national associations and unions, Smit Lamnalco actively seeks to recruit local personnel into its marine training programs with a view to providing local pilots, loading masters and assistant loading masters at national terminals for the future. Its experienced marine staff work alongside clients and local government agencies to develop “Port & Terminal Rules and Regulations” information booklets and contingency plans based on international guidelines, industry recommendations and maritime best practice.

Towage and escorting

The company owns, operates and provides crewing for the most modern terminals, river and open water tug fleets in the world, in addition to a range of high specification offshore support vessels, utility craft and crew boats.

A full range of escort, towage and berthing services is available to assist oil tanker and gas carrier operations. Integrated tug master/pilot training prepares Smit Lamnalco people for routine operations as well as emergency response preparedness. Safe operation is a key priority and the company provides onboard training and assessment before project start–up to enable a first class service from day one.

Smit Lamnalco’s in–house state of the art tug manoeuvring full mission bridge simulator ensures that all crew members are fully briefed in the demands of the particular areas they will be working in.