MT Prem Prachi FSO: Certification, design review and survey

Offshore South East Nigeria, West Africa

Asset type: Conversion of a Suezmax Tanker to a Floating Storage and Offloading unit (FSO).
Project scope: Independent certification, including design review and survey worldwide.
Client: Mercator Lines, India, the vessel’s operator.

With a tight six-month lead-time, Mercator Lines turned to us to help its first FSO conversion project meet the relevant statutory regulations and, in turn, pressing deadline. The contract covered independent, international compliance services and built on our existing relationship with the shipping company (we class a significant percentage of the firm’s fleet, from bulk carriers to VLCCs).

The project was awarded to us for two key factors: our in-depth knowledge of similar FSO conversions and ability to provide a team of personnel local to the project team with specific specialist capabilities; of moorings, in particular.

Our remit included a detailed review of the design to covert the MT Seavoyager tanker to the MT Prem Prachi FSO unit (148,349 DWT). This review was carried out in Singapore, drawing on our engineering specialists located in Aberdeen, Kuala Lumpur and London. A dedicated project manager – a single point of contact for the client – oversaw all the work. Our surveyors also attended the conversion at the Yiu Lian Dockyards in Southern China and vendor manufacturing at sites around the world on a local order basis.

Mercator Lines will operate the FSO unit in the Ebok Field, offshore South East Nigeria, which is being developed jointly by Afren and Oriental Energy Resources. MT Prem Prachi will be spread moored in with a storage capability of 1.2 mmbbls.