Milaha takes delivery of biggest lift boat in Qatar
Milaha has taken delivery of a new lift boat which will be deployed offshore, particularly in support of field maintenance efforts. Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, President and CEO of Milaha, and Mr. Vivek Seth, CEO of Halul Offshore Services recently attended the launch and naming ceremony of the vessel at the Bohai Shipyard in China.
Named the 'Milaha Explorer,' the newbuild will be the biggest lift boat to be owned by a Qatari company, with a large deck area and variable load capacity, as well as the ability to accommodate 300 persons on board. The lift boat's capabilities will help enhance the company's diverse portfolio of offerings to the offshore oil and gas sector, particularly in support of its clients' brown field operations.
Milaha President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: "We are delighted to add the 'Milaha Explorer' to our fleet, which allows us to partner ever more closely with leading global energy companies to meet their diverse needs, now and in the future. We are optimistic about continued growth opportunities despite the current challenges in the oil and gas sector, and this newbuild lift boat will enable us to further strengthen our position in the region and beyond."
For his part, Mr. Vivek Seth, CEO of Halul Offshore Services Co., said: "We have ordered a particularly large lift boat to address the growing demand for these types of assets, both in the region and the world. We believe that this strategic asset will help augment our status as a partner in the life extension of mature fields and enhanced field maintenance services."
'Milaha Explorer' was built by Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. at its yard in Liaoning Province in China, and was designed by the China-based Tianjin De-Sail Machinery Equipment Co. Ltd.
SafeSTS appoints to sustain growth
In order to sustain and build on the company's growth of 2015, and to continue to satisfy a global demand for its ship-to-ship lightering services, SafeSTS has made three key appointments in the first quarter of the current year. They are a Marine Operations Co-ordinator in Singapore, and a Purchasing Assistant and QHSE Administrator in the UK.
Marine Operations Co-ordinator Chong Hui Jing joined the company in March, and once she has completed her first few months, will visit the UK for further training. "Being new to the industry, she faces a steep learning curve," comments Managing Director, Yvonne Mason. "However, I am confident that with the right support and guidance, she will reach the required level of expertise very quickly."
The two UK appointees both bring a range of skills to the company's UK headquarters. Lisa Geddes, who has extensive administrative experience in a number of sectors including oil and gas, education and the NHS, joined the Business Support Team in Diss, Norfolk, in February 2016. She joined Lucy Bilton, who joined SafeSTS in January as QHSE Administrator. Lucy has been working in admin and QHSE admin roles within the oil and gas sector in Great Yarmouth for the past 3-4 years.
"2015 was an excellent year for SafeSTS," says Yvonne Mason, "and we need to keep up the momentum into 2016. I am confident that our three new members of staff will prove to be the cement to our considerable building blocks of past success."
SafeSTS operates a global network of lightering locations carrying out ship-to-ship transfer of oil, gas, and dry goods. With these appointments, the company is well-placed to take advantage of the many new business opportunities that have already been identified for 2016.