P&O Maritime Logistics completes project supporting Tengiz oilfield development in Kazakhstan entire season ahead of schedule

05 October 2021


  • Despite COVID impacts, the faultless logistics delivery enables modular construction project to complete ahead of schedule
  • Over a total of 200,000MT of cargo carried through Russian Inland Water System to Tengiz field
  • Multi Carrying Vessels result in faster and more cost-efficient movement of cargo – resulting in earlier development of oilfield

P&O Maritime Logistics, a Dubai-based marine solutions and logistics company, has completed a three-year long project supporting the development of the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan, one of the world’s six largest oil fields, an entire season ahead of schedule.

In 2016, P&O Maritime Logistics entered a consortium with Blue Water Shipping to provide a unique class of vessel which meets the specific challenges of delivering oil production equipment through the Russian Inland Waterway System (RIWS) on behalf of its client, Tengizchevroil (TCO).

The project saw the bespoke design and construction of 20 Multi-Carrying Vessels (MCVs), responsible for transporting heavy oil & gas modules from transhipment hubs in the Black Sea and Finland, to Kazakhstan. All 20 vessels were constructed within a total of 20 months due to the strong cooperation between P&O Maritime Logistics, it’s consortium partners and Vard Shipyards.

P&O Maritime Logistics ensured the safe transportation of the modules through the RIWS, known for its series of narrow locks and passages using specialised new MCVs, which are designed to navigate complex conditions safely and efficiently. The MCVs carried approximately 200,000MT of cargo for the project through the RIWS in water passages only three metres deep. Once moved to the Tengiz site in Northern Kazakhstan, the modules were assembled to form a new production facility, which serves to enhance oil production capacity as part of TCO’s “Future Growth Project”.

Overall, P&O Maritime Logistics MCVs were able to deliver the modules 40% faster than would have been the case if a conventional tug and barge operation were used – making the journey faster and more cost-effective for customers.

In total, 222 modules were transported to Kazakhstan over the three-year course of the project and all module deliveries were completed one season ahead of the original delivery schedule, with the final delivery taking place in December 2020. Moreover, zero delays were experienced due to technical breakdown or navigational issues and no ELC incidents occurred.

Beyond their superior performance in shallow and narrow waterways, P&O Maritime Logistics’ new MCVs are also equipped with world-leading Internet of Things technology, capable of transmitting real-time data from the vessel. This data enabled the move from a reactive maintenance model to a predictive maintenance model, making downtime more efficient, greatly improving our vessel uptime and boosting fuel performance.

P&O Maritime Logistics’ MCVs make up one of the youngest, most efficient, and environmentally friendly fleets in the breakbulk market, and are available for new projects in 2021 and beyond. The vessels will be a top pick for leading companies aiming to improve performance without impacting a project’s bottom line. Trading areas include the Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Baltics, North Sea and RIWS, among others.

Speaking on the project’s successful completion, Martin Helweg, Chief Executive Officer, P&O Maritime Logistics said:

 The end of our work on the Tengiz oilfield project is a significant milestone for P&O Maritime Logistics as it demonstrates our ability to re-shape and push the boundaries of energy logistics, using innovation in a volatile global energy market. By understanding our customer’s specific needs, and by applying a craftsman-like approach in the construction of these unique MCVs, we have been able to implement solutions that led to measurable improvements in efficiency.

“Completion of the Tengiz oilfield project marks a new direction for P&O Maritime Logistics, as we continue to push boundaries and empower employees to better service clients in an ever-changing environment.”



About P&O Maritime Logistics:

 P&O Maritime Logistics is a leading provider of marine solutions with a focus on offshore energy, port services and logistics. The company owns and operates approximately 400 vessels and provides a wide portfolio of value-added marine services and the ability to integrate these offerings for its customers – always with safety and the environment at the forefront.

Headquartered in Dubai, the company has operations globally across all seven continents.


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