Svitzer will provide towage and vessel support services at an interim offshore LNG terminal in the Philippines under a 10-year time charter party with FGEN LNG Corp
A wholly owned subsidiary of First Gen Corporation, FGEN LNG will deploy a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) that will be located at the First Gen Clean Energy Complex in Batangas City in the Philippines. FGEN LNG has signed a five-year charter agreement with a subsidiary of BW Gas for 162,400-m3 FSRU BW Paris. First Gen and its partner Tokyo Gas will be the first to import LNG to the Philippines.
Under the agreement, Svitzer will provide four new 75-tonne bollard pull tugboats to assist the FSRU and LNG carriers calling at the terminal in berthing, unberthing and navigation assistance operations. Additionally, the tugs will supply firefighting, pollution control, port and vessel security services, pilot and boarding party transfer, and fender management services.
Svitzer AMEA managing director Nicolai Vinther Friis welcomed the opportunity to collaborate “with FGEN LNG on ensuring the energy security of the Philippines and to be part of the country’s green transition. This important contract adds a new country to the global Svitzer portfolio and expands our ability to provide safe and efficient towage and marine services support to more customers across the globe.”
Operations are planned to begin as early as Q3 2022, and Svitzer will now take the first steps to set up operations in the Philippines, including hiring 72 seafarers and five onshore staff, all local Filipinos.
“It is a key priority for Svitzer to ensure its operations contribute positively to the communities in which Svitzer operates, which implies investing in local communities by providing training and professional development for members of the local workforce,” said the company in a press statement.
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