Main­te­nan­ce being do­ne to Single Point Moor­ing

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A single point moor­ing (SPM) ma­ri­ne lo­a­ding fa­ci­li­ty (bu­oy) si­tu­a­ted in Mos­sel Bay and o­pe­ra­ted by Pe­troSA and TNPA for the dis­char­ging and lo­a­ding of pe­tro­le­um pro­ducts is due for a sta­tu­to­ry in­specti­on “dry-drock” and re­fur­bishment du­ring Oc­to­ber.

Ac­cor­ding to the Oil Com­pa­nies In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Ma­ri­ne Forum (OCIMF) and the ma­nu­fac­tu­rer’s gui­de­li­nes re­com­mend the bu­oy and e­quip­ment be dry-doc­ked for in­specti­on and re­pairs af­ter being in o­pe­ra­ti­on for a pe­ri­od not ex­cee­ding 10 y­e­ars. The bu­oy was last dry-doc­ked and re­pai­red in Oc­to­ber 2009.

The bu­oy will be re­mo­ved from lo­ca­ti­on and to­wed to Qu­ay 4 in the har­bour w­he­re it will be pla­ced on a crad­le for in­specti­on and re­pairs. A de­tailed sco­pe of work and re­pair sche­du­le has been de­ve­lo­ped. All in­specti­ons and re­pairs will be con­ducted by Pe­troSA main­te­nan­ce te­ams in li­ne with ap­pro­ved en­gi­neer­ing stan­dards, OCIMF ru­les and re­gu­la­ti­ons.

The in­te­gri­ty and a­vai­la­bi­li­ty of the ma­ri­ne lo­a­ding fa­ci­li­ty is im­por­tant for the sup­ply of pe­tro­le­um pro­ducts to the lo­cal and na­ti­o­nal clients, as well as the sup­ply of feed­stock to the GTL Re­fi­ne­ry.

Sa­fe­ty and en­vi­ron­men­tal risk as­ses­sments will be con­ducted con­ti­nu­ous­ly du­ring the exe­cu­ti­on of the pro­ject.

With the ap­pro­val of Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, the San­tos be­ach a­rea will a­gain be u­sed for the re­mo­val and as­sem­bly of flo­a­ting ho­ses. The a­rea will be bar­ri­ca­ded for the sa­fe­ty of the pu­blic.

C­le­a­ning up and re­ha­bi­li­ta­ti­on of the a­rea will be do­ne af­ter­wards. We ask the pu­blic not to in­ter­fe­re with the­se acti­vi­ties for their own sa­fe­ty. No one will be al­lo­wed within the bar­ri­ca­ded a­re­as.

The pro­ject is sche­du­led to ta­ke pla­ce o­ver 43 days and the bu­oy will be back in o­pe­ra­ti­on by 7 No­vem­ber.

A de­tailed sco­pe of work and re­pair sche­du­le has been de­ve­lo­ped.

Main­te­nan­ce to the single point moor­ing is a spe­ci­a­list ef­fort last un­der­ta­ken in 2009.

As in the past, so­me main­te­nan­ce acti­vi­ty will be ob­vi­ous on the be­ach.

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