Elec­troGas confirms tanker’s ar­rival for to­day, ex­pected to en­ter port to­mor­row

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A num­ber of tests are to be per­formed for fa­mil­iari­sa­tion as well as safety drills

Elec­troGas Malta, the op­er­a­tors of the new De­li­mara power sta­tion, con­firmed yes­ter­day that the Ar­mada LNG Mediter­rana ves­sel – the source of so much con­tro­versy, will ar­rive in Mal­tese waters to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates on ship track­ing web­sites, the tanker will ar­rive in Mal­tese waters at around 6pm to­day.

On ar­rival, the tanker will be berthed at an off­shore lo­ca­tion at Hurd’s Bank and will most likely be bunker­ing there overnight.

Elec­trogas ex­plained yes­ter­day, “The ves­sel will then no­tify the Port Au­thor­i­ties about a suit­able win­dow to pro­ceed to the pi­lot sta­tion on Mon­day and then en­ter the bay for sea tri­als af­ter which it will then leave port again.

“A num­ber of tests are to be per­formed for fa­mil­iari­sa­tion as well as safety drills while the FSU is still empty and in­ert as the ves­sel is not cur­rently laden with its cargo. The tests and sim­u­la­tions will con­tinue in the sub­se­quent days.”

Th­ese pro­ce­dures, Elec­troGas said, are be­ing co­or­di­nated be­tween Elec­troGas, Bu­miAr­mada and the Port Au­thor­i­ties.

Elec­troGas added yes­ter­day, “The Float­ing Stor­age Unit (FSU) ves­sel is an in­te­gral part of the Elec­troGas power project de­signed to de­liver cleaner and safer en­ergy to Malta and is the re­sult of a com­pre­hen­sive con­ver­sion un­der­taken by Bumi Ar­mada at Kep­pel Ship­yards in Sin­ga­pore that in­volved an im­pres­sive 1.5 mil­lion work­ing hours. The ves­sel has a ca­pac­ity of around 125,000 cu­bic me­tres of LNG.

“The Ar­mada LNG Mediter­rana un­der­went rig­or­ous safety test­ing and tri­als be­fore de­part­ing for Malta from its orig­i­nal berth in Sin­ga­pore with armed guards ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ves­sel through­out its jour­ney, the standard pro­to­col for most ocean go­ing ves­sels as a mit­i­ga­tion mea­sure against piracy in spe­cific vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas.”

The Ar­mada LNG Mediter­rana trav­elled through the Suez Canal fol­low­ing a cus­tom­ary wait­ing time and is now mak­ing its way to Malta’s shores.

Elec­troGas said that the jetty on­site at De­li­mara “is ready to re­ceive the FSU to berth along­side safely hav­ing also been through rig­or­ous safety and se­cu­rity test­ing over the past months”.

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