Starzs boosts indigenous shipping with MV OSANYAMO

A few weeks after Nigeria took delivery of the Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading facility (FPSO), Port Harcourt-based Starzs Investments Company Limited (SICL) has boosted indigenous shipping with its acquisition of Damen Azimuth Stern Drive Tug 5114, named MV OSANYAMO.

The boat, which has already departed China en route Nigeria on her maiden voyage, is basically expected to assist in tanker lifting operations alongside FPSOs in the Gulf of Guinea, under contract with Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited.

First of her kind, the state-of-the-art, highly manoeuvrable ASD 5114 model, fully equipped for offshore operations, with a length of 52.3 metres and displacing 800 tonnes, is the largest in Damen’s ASD tug range to date, and will be sailing down under the Nigerian flag.

She has 268 square metres of deck space at 5 tonnes load per m², large fuel and fresh water tanks with transfer capabilities and towing winches fore and aft, while her bollard pulls capability is 115 tonnes at stern and 110 tonnes ahead.

The double-tier deckhouse provides accommodation for 14 crew members and up to 10 passengers, built in compliance with the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which came into effect in 2016.

MV OSANYAMO is expected to join MV OSAYAME, a Damen ASD 3211 Tug built at Damen Shipyards in South Africa and delivered in 2009, which has maintained a record eight years of zero downtime and lost time injury operations.

According to the Chairman of Starzs Group, Greg Ogbeifun, “there is no doubt that this vessel has been constructed to a very high level of quality synonymous with Damen Shipyards."

“The vessel went through the design and detailed engineering stage extensively to satisfy the requirements of the Group’s client, to the steel cutting and keel laying phases, up to the point MV OSANYAMO was ready for delivery.”


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