P&O Maritime guides first LNG Carrier into DP World Sokhna, Egypt

Published: 03 May 2015 @ 07:28


Dubai, 30 April 2015: The first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vessel with 160,000 cubic meters of LNG has been escorted into the new Basin 3 terminal at DP World’s Sokhna Port by P&O Maritime.

The ‘Corcovado’ berthed alongside the new FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit – the ‘Hoegh Gallant’) - at Basin 3 with the help of two modern generation P&O Maritime ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) tugs with 80 and 70 tonnes bollard pull respectively.  

Pilotage support was also provided by the company for the ‘Hoegh Gallant’ FSRU vessel, which arrived in Sokhna at the beginning of April.

As part of the preparations for the opening of the newly widened Basin 3, the entire Sokhna port was simulated at the Transas facility at Portsmouth, UK, with training conducted for pilots and tug masters.

Rado Antolovic, Managing Director of P&O Maritime, said: “This new business is part of our drive to expand into the LNG market and I am delighted the first operation to handle an arriving vessel was completed safely. It will help ensure public exposure for our business and increase our brand awareness not only here but across the Middle East in the sector,   providing a springboard as we seek new business opportunities in the region.”  

Advice on improving the safety of the operation included use of transit leads and portable pilot units. The LNG carriers will become a regular service at Basin 3 scheduled to arrive every eight days with the gas supply a key component in electricity generation for Egypt's energy demands.

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