Teekay LNG’s first Floating Storage Unit (FSU), Bahrain Spirit, has been delivered to its charterer Bahrain LNG. The vessel is being used to support Bahrain LNG in providing an LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Bahrain.
Built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Bahrain Spirit will be used together with a jetty-mounted regasification unit at Khalifa Bin Salman port to enable LNG imports to Bahrain to start in early 2019. As well as the FSU, the new LNG import terminal comprises an offshore LNG carrier receiving jetty and a 600m breakwater
Bahrain LNG was established on a public private partnership basis in 2015 by the National Oil & Gas Authority of Bahrain (30%), Teekay LNG Partners (30%), Gulf Investment Corp (24%) and Samsung Construction and Trading (16%).
Meanwhile Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has launched an online portal that enhances access to a range of services offered by the Port and Maritime Affairs division. The so-called Marasi portal allows the online issuing and renewal of commercial activity licenses; the management of daily ship movements; and round the clock access to the ship registry portal. The online service is expected to save a huge amount of time for local customers who will no longer need to visit ministry offices.