FSRU Toscana under tow by the tugs Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine from Dubai to Malta to Livorno. Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

The world’s first offshore-moored floating, storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU), the FSRU Toscana, has been successfully delivered and permanently moored off the coast of Livorno, Italy, where it will be used as a terminal and export point for liquefied natural gas.

Two tugs from Rotterdam-based Fairmount Marine delivered the floating ‘gas plant’ from Dubai via Malta where final equipment was installed. After delivering the Toscana, the tugs assisted in mooring the unit to her six pre installed anchors.

The FSRU was converted from the 2004-built LNG carrier, Golar Frost, at Drydocks World in Dubai for contractor Saipem and client OLT Offshore LNG Toscana SpA.

When fully operational the unit has a re-gasification capacity of 3.75 billion cubic meters a year (11 million cubic meters a day) and a storage capacity of 137,500 cubic meters of LNG.

For the towage, Fairmount Marine mobilized their 205-ton bollard pull tugs, Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine, towards Dubai. After hooking-up the convoy set sail for Malta, where the unit underwent final outfitting. Later both tugs towed Toscana to her final location about 12 miles offshore Livorno and assisted in mooring the FSRU.

Needles to say Saipem was very pleased that their unit arrived as scheduled. “The execution of the complex operations demonstrates sound engineering methodology, good preparations, strong teamwork and 110 percent commitment of all involved,”” Saipem management.

Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

Photo credit: Fairmount Marine


Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

Fairmount's 205 ton bollard pull tug, Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine. Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

Fairmount’s 205 ton bollard pull tug, Fairmount Summit (front) and Fairmount Alpine. Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

The Offshore LNG regasification terminal, the FSRU Toscana, is towed into Valletta's Grand Harbour July 1, 2013. The FSRU Toscana, a converted ship and the first offshore-moored floating regasification plant in the world, is on its way from Dubai to Livorno, Italy, where it will be permanently moored and used as a gas terminal and export point, according to local media.  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA - Tags: MARITIME BUSINESS ENERGY) MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA

The FSRU Toscana is towed into Valletta’s Grand Harbour in Malta, July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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  • Walt

    What kind of crew will be manning this FSRU? Since it is permanently moored, what are the licensing and skills of the onboard crew? What emergency contingencies are in place?

  • Anon

    “…terminal and export point”. Since it will be doing re-gasification, not liquefaction, I think you meant import point. I had not heard of Italy exporting from its vast gas fields.

  • Arishia

    Typo: Needles to say Saipem (…) → Needless to say
    (delete comment after reading, please)

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