LNG tanker to en­ter M’Xlokk bay today

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Ar­mada LNG Mediter­rana tanker ar­rived yes­ter­day morn­ing in Hurd’s Bank ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates on ship track­ing web­sites, The Malta In­de­pen­dent has learnt. This was also con­firmed by wit­nesses who had seen the tanker ap­proach­ing be­fore con­tact­ing this news­room. On Satur­day Elec­tro­gas Malta said that “on ar­rival, she will be berthed at an off-shore lo­ca­tion at Hurd’s Bank and will likely be bunker­ing overnight.” Ac­cord­ing to Elec­tro­gas the ves­sel is ex­pected to berth at Marsaxlokk bay today.

The ves­sel will then no­tify the Port Au­thor­i­ties about a suit­able win­dow to pro­ceed to the pi­lot sta­tion 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 are be­ing co­or­di­nated be­tween Elec­tro­gas, Bumi Ar­mada and the Port Au­thor­i­ties.”

Elec­tro­gas said the FSU (Float­ing Stor­age Unit) ves­sel is an in­te­gral part of the gas power sta­tion 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 es­ti­mated 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 as is stan­dard pro­to­col for most ocean go­ing ves­sels as a mit­i­ga­tion mea­sure against piracy in spe­cific vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas. The Ar­mada LNG Mediter­rana jour­neyed through the Suez Canal fol­low­ing a cus­tom­ary wait­ing time and is now mak­ing its way to Malta’s shores.

The jetty, on site 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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