The Damen Shipyards Galati-built tugs, SL Gabon and SL Libreville, were welcomed to the SMIT Lamnalco fleet at a ceremony at Port-Gentil, Gabon last week. These new Stan 4011 tugs are now on a 5-year contract to provide support to Total’s oilfields offshore Gabon and assist tanker operations at Cap Lopez, Portâ€ Gentil onshore terminal.
Among those attending the ceremony were the Minister Delegate of Transport Mr Emmanuel Jean Didier Biye, the Governor of the OgoouÃ© Maritime Province Mr Martin Boguikouma, the Prefect of the BendjÃ¨ Department Mr Joseph Mouele, Total Gabon Chief Executive Officer Mr BenoÃ®t ChaguÃ© and Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer Mr Daan Koornneef.
“The partnership between our two organisations has roots reaching back 30 years,” says Mr Koornneef. “Portâ€Gentil’s location demands robust and reliable marine support services. We are delighted to bring these two state of the art tugs into service for Total Gabon, signifying our continuing commitment to invest in the future of Gabon.”
Smit Lamnalco now operates five vessels for Total Gabon, has a further four vessels under contract for Shell at its Gamba terminal and manages one vessel for Perenco.
The marine support company praised the performance of its 179 Portâ€Gentilâ€based staff, 75% of whom are Gabon nationals. Special mention was made of Master Jeanâ€David Mpaga who has been sailing with the company for over 30 years.