Milaha nabs long-term deal for Milaha Explorer liftboat

Qatari maritime firm Milaha has managed to find work for its 2016-built liftboat Milaha Explorer.

Milaha Explorer Crew (Image source: Milaha)
Milaha Explorer Crew (Image source: Milaha)

The company on Tuesday said the liftboat – described as the “largest of its kind to be owned by a Qatari company” – will be working off the coast of West Africa as part of a long-term charter with a major international oil company. Milaha did not reveal the name of the oil company which hired the liftboat.

According to VesselsValue, the Milaha Explorer is currently located in Nigerian waters.

Commenting on the deployment of the vessel, Milaha’s President and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “Over the past few months, we have been significantly ramping up our operations, and I am pleased to announce further growth in our geographic footprint and operational portfolio with this long-term deployment, which marks our entry into Africa. Milaha Explorer is a new and modern vessel, and we wish its captain and crew safe and successful operations.”

Milaha took delivery of the liftboat in 2016.  The unit, managed by Milaha’s subsidiary Halul Offshore, was built by Bohai Shipbuilding.

Heavy Industries at its yard in Liaoning Province in China, and was designed by the China-based Tianjin De-Sail Machinery Equipment. The liftboat can accommodate 300 persons on board.

Milaha’s offshore fleet consists of 47 vessels, including anchor handling towing vessels, platform support vessels, dive and construction support vessels, and other vessel types supporting the offshore oil and gas industry.