Maintenance being done to Single Point Mooring
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.