The nation’s latest addition to a dwindling fleet, the MV OSANYAMO has sailed into South Africa’s Cape Town, enroute Nigeria.
“We are happy. We are making genuine progress”, a chieftain of the crew who spoke on phone with the Maritime First on condition of anonymity indicated, stressing that their ‘progress’ tells volumes about the nation, particularly in terms of the noteworthy level of Nigeria expertise, in terms of what Nigerians are currently doing, as well as of the Nigerian Spirit can achieve, if an enabling environment is provided.
An industry watcher, Samuel Egbewole in Lagos who spoke in the same vein urged the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi who has vowed to withhold any corporate assistance to industry operators, to stop punishing the Shipping sub sector by sitting on the Cabotage Vessel Financing Funds, stressing that the administration of the CVFF would not only significantly boost shipping in the country, but also boost youths employment, which is a major goal of Buhari’s campaign pledge, but upon which the Government has currently and conspicuously failed to deliver on.
The Maritime First was unable to reach Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, the nation’s foremost shipping mogul, who actually ‘midwifes’ the MV OSANYAMO.
Built for Starz Investment Company Limited (SICL), the new built Damen Azimuth Stern Drive Tug 5114, presently the first and largest of its class, and genuinely generating noteworthy excitements in Nigeria, is primarily and purposefully built to assist in tanker lifting operations alongside FPSOs in the Gulf of Guinea, under a contract with Total Exploration & Production Nigeria limited.
Ministry sources confirmed to the Maritime First that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is proudly excited by it; even as two officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), also confirmed that the agency Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is elated with the development.
The Maritime First noted that the ASD 5114 is not only the largest in Damen’s tug range to date, at 52.3 meters- length, displacing 800 tonnes; she is also, a state-of–the –art tug, being a highly maneuverable vessel, fully equipped, for offshore operation.
Its features include a 268sqm deck space, at 5tonnes load per m, 2 large fuel and water tanks; with transfer capability of 115tonnes astern and 110tonnes ahead.
The double-tier deckhouse provides accommodation for a 14 crew and up to 10 passengers, built in compliance with the requirement of the MLC which came into effect in 2016.
Propulsion is via two main ABC16 DZC engines delivering 6,700kw powering twin kort nozzle thrusters manufactured by Schottel. Additional capabilities include fire-fighting (FiFI1) and oil recovery operation, with 101m3 of integral oil recovery tanks. The MV OSANYAMO is also equipped with a dedicated Pal-finder water jet driven line handling craft to be used for handling hoses and lines for cleaning inspection ad repairs on the aft deck.
The MV ‘OSANYAMO’ is set to join the MV ‘OSAYAME’; a Damen ASD 3211 Tug built at Damen Shipyards Cape Town South Africa, delivered in 22.09.
The MV ‘OSAYAME’ has impressively maintained a record of 8years of zero downtime and lost time injury operations.
The SICL are Ship Owners and Managers, Offshore Marine Services Provider and a Private Maritime Security Provider, who owns and operates a range of vessels including terminal tugs and Security Patrol Vessels.
A NIMASA staffer who lauded its design and detailed engineering, noted the steel cutting and kneel laying phases.
“There is no doubt that this vessel has been constructed to a very high level of quality which is synonymous with Damen Shipyard”, he indicated; noting that the vessel would be sailing under the Nigerian flag, while speaking under conditions of anonymity.
It is noteworthy that the Starzs Investment Company Limited has built a reputation guaranteeing zero downtime and zero loss time injury in their operations in the operations in the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry thereby: exceeding her clients’ expectations without compromising safety, reliability and integrity. With a competent workforce both offshore and onshore, the company is contributing significantly to the growth of the Nigerian Maritime Industry in the area of seafarers training and employment, local content development and the Nigerian economy in general.
(Credit: Maritime First)