In 2015 the LNG Business Unit successfully achieved a major overhaul of her LNG fleet, which racked up a record 421 days of dry-dock time in 2015. This activity was a major part of the process of preparing for new regasification programmes in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. Vessels have been upgraded to increase capacity and efficiency.
Following its dry-dock upgrade Expedient joined Exemplar at the Escobar LNG terminal in Argentina. Both vessels engaged in the tricky choreography of changing places and resuming regasification activities.
The return of Explorer to the Dubai Supply Authority Gasport (DUSUP) in January 2016 marked the successful completion of this busy year. After a fundamental metamorphosis during two dry docks, the vessel completed a test operating at 1000 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd), making her the biggest regas vessel in the industry in terms of regasification capacity.
“EXMAR Ship Management has taken the necessary steps to understand how our vessels need to be managed in order to conform to our procedures and regulations as well as the provisions of Italian law”
LNG Shipping S.p.a.
EXMAR Ship Management (ESM) currently handles all technical and crew management for vessels LNG Lerici and LNG Portovenere of LNG Shipping S.p.a., which is a fully-owned company of the Italian energy major ENI S.p.a. ESM worked with the client for just over a year beforehand to properly plan the integration of the two vessels into day-to-day operations. To match their needs, we have local technical and marine superintendents based in Italy to provide support.
ESM has also adapted its Ship Management System to meet ENI requirements, all of which has been certified by RINA. ESM works with an Italian Joint Venture Partner for crewing and has appointed an Italian-speaking personnel officer at headquarters in Antwerp to further integrate all crew management activities.
Technical Manager and Company Security Officer
“I support the crew both technically and with regard to security, in close cooperation with the Antwerp headquarters. The Italian law requires an Italian interface between the coast guard and the company for security matters. I work not too far from the port of La Spezia and during the first years of our cooperation, I went on board when the vessels called in. Now they are trading further away, but I still visit whenever possible. Sharing knowledge and experiences inspires reflection about the way you work and how to improve it. The crew brought in a thorough knowledge of the ships and we had suggestions from our side. When you join forces and mix the best from different (working) cultures, you can take the whole team to a higher level.”
Case study: Not your typical dry-dock
In 2015 EXMAR Ship Management coordinated and managed a major refurbishment of LNG Portovenere. For over six months our superintendents balanced the replacement of cargo tanks’ primary membrane with an automation upgrade and other maintenance projects. The cargo tank repairs were unique because of their magnitude.
“We have been able to build upon our shared knowledge and serve our own customers in a better way”
Since 2003, EXMAR and Excelerate Energy have been delivering solutions for the transport and regasification of LNG. EXMAR Ship Management performed their first commercial LNG ship-to-ship (STS) transfer and manages their LNG and regasification vessels, both at sea and in dockside regasification gas ports. EXMAR Ship Management also tested and commissioned Excelerate’s Experience, the world’s largest FSRU, which is now being operated by ESM staff off the Atlantic coast of Brazil.