First Smit Lamnalco branded tug launchedVessel & ROV News // August 31, 2012
SL Gabon was launched on 24 August.
On 24 August Smit Lamnalco launched SL Gabon, the first tug branded under its new corporate identity, following the integration of Smit’s terminal handling activities with Lamnalco in July 2011.
Built by Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, SL Gabon is also the first of two newbuilds contracted for a five year period by Total Gabon to provide support in the offshore oilfields and to assist tanker operations at the onshore terminal of Cap Lopez, at Port Gentil, Gabon. The second tug, SL Libreville, is due for delivery next month.
“It is very satisfying that the first newbuild decked with our new corporate colours visualises the integration of two international marine service providers,” said Smit Lamnalco's CEO Daan Koornneef.
The newbuilds are Stan Tug 4200-type tugs, rugged twin-screw vessels with 68 tonnes bollard pull. Accommodating a crew of 16 and fully air-conditioned, the vessels can be used for towing, pushing, push-pull, berthing, anchor handling, hydrographical survey, line handling, firefighting, salvage, diving support and pollution control operations.
The Total Gabon contract renews a longstanding partnership between the oil major and Smit Lamnalco. The newbuildings replace two older Damen-built vessels, and join the existing tugs Smit Manji and Smit Ozouri, built in 2007.
For Total Gabon, the latest renewal extends a relationship in Gabon that can be traced back through SMIT to 1998.
Smit Lamnalco operates with a locally-established company Smit Lamnalco Gabon, which reports to the company’s Regional Director. This entity recently relocated to new offices closer to Total Gabon’s logistics base in Port Gentil, to optimise support to Total Gabon.