Sanmar Shipyards delivered the first tugboat to the Aqaba Port Marine Services Company (APMSCO) on 22 May 2015 to participate in delivering marine services to the FSRU berthing at Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal at Aqaba, Jordan. The inauguration of the LNG terminal took place on 25 May 2015 which marked also the 69th Independance Day of Jordan. The FSRU “Golar Eskimo” was safely moored with the use of “Hashim 3” and other tugs.
The contract between SANMAR and APMSCO comprises four 80-tonne bollard pull Terminal RAstar 2800 tugs, two conventional twin screw Rascal 1500 line-handling tugs and a pilot boat. The order was confirmed at a signing held at Sanmar’s Tuzla HQ, in September.
The first vessel of the RAstar 2800 design, “M/T Hashim 3” (Sanmar Terminal X) has started operating at Port of Aqaba.
The first vessel and also the following 3 sisters have been specially modified to suit the requirements of the buyer of terminal services. The four vessels will guarantee 80 tonnes bollard pull astern.
In addition, LNG protection is fitted to make the vessels suitable to operate at LNG terminals. All essential electrical equipment is certified ex-proof, suitable for use in a Zone 2 LNG environment. The vessels are equipped with the “Gas Detection System” and “Ventilation Gastight Damper Control System” to isolate the ship from gas leakage through the vessel. They also have a bigger accomodation area.
APMSCO has been operating in port of Aqaba providing pilotage, towing and mooring services to vessels since 2007. In addition, the company operates marine slipways, provision supply (oil and water) to vessels, and other services, including the rental of machinery and labour.
Recently it signed a 10 year contract with the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the provision of marine services for the FSRU and LNG carriers of the Jordan LNG Project to secure Jordan’s LNG need.
M/T Hashim 3
Length O.A. 28.20 m
Beam Moulded 12.60 m
Draft max. 5.30 m
Fuel Oil 119 m3
Main Engines 2 x 2350 kW
Speed Ahead 14 knots
Bollard Pull Ahead 80 tons