Usman commissions MV Osanyamo, urges local content patronage

June 13th, 2018
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has appealed to the private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment and invest in the nation’s maritime sector.

   Usman, speaking in Onne, Port Harcourt, during the commissioning of Starzs Investment’s newly acquired MV OSANYAMO, said that in addition to its contribution to the development of the nation’s maritime industry, the vessel’s introduction “has the capacity for oil exploration and production in Nigeria.

“Said to be the largest Damen ASD Tug range till date, the ASD Tug 5114 model vessel is purpose-built to assist in tanker lifting operations alongside FPSOs in the Gulf of Guinea,” a statement from the agency’s Corporate and Strategic Communications Department quoted Usman to say.

According to her, at 52.3 meters long, displacing 800 tonnes, and a 268sqm deck space, “the MV OSANYAMO is state-of-the-art tug, being a highly maneuverable vessel, fully equipped for offshore operation.”

The other features include five tonnes load per m, two large fuel and water tanks, transfer capability of 115 tonnes astern and 110 tonnes ahead, two main ABC16 DZC engines delivering 6,700kw powering twin kort nozzle thrusters (manufactured by Schottel), and additional capabilities like fire-fighting and oil recovery.

Commending Starzs Investment Limited for the initiative and feat, Usman reiterated NPA’s commitment to all investors in the nation’s maritime sector, stressing that “together, we can work to make the sector the pride of Nigeria and the African continent as a whole.”

She noted the company’s commitment to the Nigerian content requirement so much that it could boast a 100 per cent Nigerian crew on its entire fleet of vessels.

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