A major LNG port has renewed the towage services licence for a tug owner.
Gladstone Ports Corp awarded an exclusive licence to Smit Lamnalco to supply towage services in this key Queensland, Australia, port. The five-year term will commence 1 January 2019.
It will operate 11 tugs specifically designed to meet the operational characteristics of the port for this licence contract. Gladstone Ports Corp and Smit Lamnalco have an option to extend this licence for a further three years to 31 December 2026.
Port of Gladstone is a large multi-commodity port and serves an area rich in natural resources. Its major cargoes include coal, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, cement and LNG.
Smit Lamnalco has provided harbour towage services at the Port of Gladstone since 2011.
“We are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with Gladstone Ports Corp, our port stakeholders and the local Gladstone community,” said Smit Lamnalco commercial director Frederik Rutgers.
Smit Lamnalco chief executive Stanley Maas said this licence award “recognised our ability to provide high quality, efficient and safe towage services to the broad spectrum of port users.”
The award of the Gladstone harbour towage licence followed a competitive and comprehensive tender process.
Smit Lamnalco provides towage and related marine services to various ports, onshore and offshore terminals for oil and gas, including servicing floating production systems. It operates a fleet of around 180 vessels and has more than 2,800 staff in 30 countries.
This includes Australia where Smit Lamnalco provides services to other ports and terminals. In November this year, Smit Lamnalco took delivery of two azimuth stern drive tugs for handling ships at a terminal at the Weipa bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. Damen Shipyards handed over SL Thunggun and SL Irrong to the tug owner for this project.