Doha-based Nakilat assumed full ship management and operations of the Q-Flex LNG carrier, Mesaimeer, from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from 23 March 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced in October last year. The 216,000 cu m capacity Mesaimeer, delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2009, is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas.
It is the sixth wholly-owned LNG vessel that has been brought under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL). The transfer takes the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 14, including 10 LNG and four LPG carriers.
Nakilat also recently arranged its bi-annual Fleet Officers Meeting (FOM) at the InterContinental Hotel in Doha. Held in Qatar for the first time, the event was attended by about 50 officers from Nakilat’s LNG and LPG fleets, including those working onboard the vessels newly transitioned to Nakilat management. The event provided them with the opportunity to interact with one another and share their knowledge and experience on various topics relating to ship operations, with a particular focus on safety.
Nakilat managing director, Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, said: “Having the FOM in Doha for the first time since we began transitioning our wholly-owned vessels to in-house management last year makes this event exceptionally significant, allowing more members of the management and fleet team to meet and interact with our officers. It is an important platform through which we can meet with those working on the frontline and obtain feedback on areas that require further improvement, to ensure we continue to be an employer of choice and support Nakilat’s vision to be a global leader in energy transportation and maritime services.”