PaxOcean and GTT team up for repair and maintenance of LNG carriers
Singapore-based shipyard group PaxOcean and French LNG containment specialist GTT have signed a technical service agreement that will enable PaxOcean to expand its repair scope by providing membrane tank maintenance and servicing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be repaired in PaxOcean Batam Yards, Indonesia.
“This agreement is part of our continuous efforts in providing one-stop solutions with full-fledged support which are tailored to meet our customers’ business requirements,” said Tan Thai Yong, MD and CEO of PaxOcean.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT Group, said: “We are delighted to support our partner PaxOcean in the repair and maintenance of LNG carriers equipped with GTT membrane technology. Our teams will provide the training best suited to GTT’s security and excellence requirements, thus contributing to the added value of PaxOcean’s services for its customers in Asia-Pacific.”
PaxOcean said that, prior to the signing, GTT performed two audits to ensure that the yard could meet the necessary requirements for the highest standard of safety and quality control for a good dry-docking operation and PaxOcean’s capability of undertaking the repairs and conversion of a membrane type LNG carrier.
The group added that, in line with the agreement, the shipyard will also benefit from dedicated training of its personnel and advisory services for the preparation of each maintenance operation.
Facilities at PaxOcean Batam yards include five floating docks, with the largest dock fit to accommodate vessels up to the Suezmax category, Capesize Bulk Carriers, and LNG Carriers up to 145,000 m3 capacity, and amongst the workshops is a cryogenic complex fitted to handle repairs of LNG carrier cargo-handling equipment and fittings.
In February 2022, GTT also signed a technical service agreement with Qatari maritime company Nakilat for the maintenance and operation of Nakilat’s fleet of 26 vessels.
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