Nakilat has awarded Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore (BV Solutions M&O), the marine and offshore technical advisory component of Bureau Veritas Group, a three-year contract to carry out condition assessment programmes (CAP) for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier fleet.
The contract will commence this year and cover 21 of Nakilat’s LNG vessels, all of which will be close to 15 years old (3rd Special Survey) at the time of the CAP survey. All CAP surveys will be scheduled to coincide with Nakilat’s routine dry-docking processes in Qatar.
BV has developed specific methodology to assess the condition of LNG carriers with both Moss type and membrane containment.
Paul Shrieve, president of BV Solutions M&O and vice-president global services at Bureau Veritas M&O, said: “Our CAP methodology has been built on more than 20 years of experience, and we have become the industry’s most trusted partner with more than 150 experts around the globe.
“It has also been internationally recognised by oil majors, cargo owners and charterers, and because of this we are able to ensure our clients’ vessels comply with vetting requirements while also making them as commercial as possible.
“A lot of that work has been built on good relationships, and we are excited by the prospect of working with Nakilat on this project. It is particularly pleasing that we will be assessing the quality of vessels based on their current condition rather than age, this shows the forward-looking nature of Nakilat, and we are looking forward to work getting under way.”
The contract builds on a successful 2021 for BV M&O, with experts performing more than 100 CAP surveys worldwide, of which about 20 per cent were for LNGCs