In 2010, EXMAR Ship Management (ESM) won the contract to operate and maintain the OLT-owned FSRU Toscana, which was being converted from an LNG ship into a floating LNG terminal in Dubai at that time. To build the right organization around the customer’s requirements from the start, EXMAR Ship Management established a joint venture with Italian crewing specialist Fratelli Cosulich, creating EXMAR Cosulich Offshore Services (ECOS).
The ECOS team provided technical consultancy services during the conversion, ensuring that both operational aspects and customer expectations were taken into account during the design and construction process. The early assistance with technical and engineering matters also allowed ECOS to set up an integrated management system in line with all applicable regulations and industry standards and tailored to the client’s needs. ECOS were also awarded the contract to crew and operate the FSRU Toscana during what was the towage of the largest FSRU of its kind through the Suez Canal from the dry dock facilities in Dubai to its final mooring position off the coast of Italy.
Following successful mooring and installation off the coast of Livorno, the FSRU Toscana underwent a thorough testing and certification process in 2013. ECOS has been operating and maintaining the floating gas terminal since then, delivering natural gas to the Italian grid via a subsea pipeline for the next 20 years. A number of ESM’s engine and deck officers take up key positions on board, specifically for regasification operations.
EXMAR Ship Management has prepared its team to operate and maintain the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction & storage unit (FLNG). The EXMAR-owned Caribbean FLNG will process, handle, store and deliver LNG via ship-to-ship transfer for export.
To gear up for manning and managing the FLNG, ESM appointed a multi-national, multi-disciplined project team of experts to manage the pre-operational phases of the project which are now complete. ESM has assigned and trained operators and maintenance experts of the highest caliber. After intense project development in the office, including procedures and innovative maintenance plans geared at maximum availability, the recruits have familiarized themselves with the CFLNG on site at the yard.