Nakilat-Keppel yard in Qatar packed with LNG ships
Qatar's new shipyard in full-swing with 7 LNG carriers in drydock
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), the newest addition to Qatar's giant LNG production and shipping infrastructure, currently has seven giant LNG carriers undergoing drydock repairs.
The drydocking, maintenance and repair facilities have been built near the gas processing hub of Ras Laffan to carry out more of the value-add works associated with Qatar's gas export industry within the country.
As part of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, N-KOM has been undertaking marine, offshore and onshore projects for local and international clients since its inauguration in November 2010, with LNG repairs making up almost half of these projects.
The seven LNG carriers (Al Jasra, Al Bidda, Al Wajbah, Dukhan, Al Gharrafa , Al Rayyan and Al Thumama) are undergoing drydocking repairs, including the overhauling of the main engine, valves, pumps and other general repairs and maintenance. Most of these vessels are jointly owned by a consortium of Japanese shipping companies: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line), with Al Gharrafa being technically managed by OSG Shipmanagement (UK).
Shinji Ono, Fleet Manager from MOL LNG Shipmanagement ivision said, “MOL has previously repaired three LNG carriers in N-KOM. The shipyard’s commitment to delivering quality and timely services made it an obvious choice for us when it came to drydocking another three LNG carriers with them this time round.”
Djamel Mokhtefi, Head of Operation (Fleet 1) of Qatargas, who is overseeing the drydocking and repairs of the five QG1 and one Q-flex vessel added that: “Qatargas has had a longstanding partnership with N-KOM, with a significant portion of our fleet being serviced by the yard. We continue to be impressed with the high level of quality and professionalism demonstrated.”
“N-KOM is honoured to have the support and trust of our valued customers and we look forward to many more of such collaborations in the future,” said Abu Bakar, CEO of N-KOM.