Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine completes repair of 200th LNG vessel

Liquefied natural gas vessel ‘Al Khor’ at Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard.

N-KOM team posing with LNG vessel ‘Al Khor’ at Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard.

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture between Qatar’s premier gas shipper Nakilat and leading offshore rig constructor and ship repairer Keppel Offshore and Marine, has safely completed repair of the 200th liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel ‘Al Khor’ at its Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard. Chartered by Qatargas and operated by NYK LNG Shipmanagement, the 135,295 cubic meters vessel completed general dry-docking maintenance repairs and upgrades at the shipyard. This is third time the moss-type LNG carrier ‘Al Khor’ is calling for repairs at the facility, having previously been dry-docked in 2014 and 2016. Besides regular maintenance, the vessel also underwent water ballast steel renewal and tank treatment, hull treatment, as well as several surveys and endurance tests during the dry-docking period.

“Our strong focus on safety, quality and efficiency has seen us delivering almost 1,000 marine and offshore projects to satisfied customers from around the world. We will continue to strive in providing excellent services to all our valued customers and business partners, strengthening and expanding our business portfolio,” Nakilat chief executive Abdullah Fadhalah al-Sulaiti said. Earlier this year, N-KOM welcomed its first repair project for a floating, storage, regasification unit (FSRU); bearing testament to its repute as a leading shipyard for gas carrier repairs. The shipyard has also successfully grown its expertise beyond handling gas carrier repairs and serviced a large number of very large crude carriers (VLCC), tankers and offshore support vessels at the facility.

The shipyard’s comprehensive range of marine and offshore services significantly contribute towards the growth of Qatar’s maritime sector, complementing the country’s effort in developing local capabilities and creating a sustainable economy in alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030. N-KOM offers a comprehensive range of repair, conversion, maintenance and fabrication services for marine vessels, offshore and onshore structures. Nakilat is a Qatari LNG transport company providing the essential transportation link in the country’s LNG supply chain. Its LNG shipping fleet is the largest in the world, comprising 74 LNG vessels. Nakilat also owns and manages one FSRU vessel and four large LPG carriers.Nakilat had witnessed a 9% year-on-year increase in net profit to QR236mn in the first three months of this year, aided by its acquisition of assets and volume expansion in its ship repairs. With four LNG vessels under the new joint venture, the number of Nakilat’s vessels has accounted for 11.5% of the global LNG fleet in carrying capacity.

Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times