When two new-built vessels needed to get from Colombo to Umm Qasr in Iraq, GAC delivered.
The buoy tender vessel Al-Faw and pilot station vessel Shatt Al-Arab had been purpose-built for the General Company for Port of Iraq at Colombo Dockyard for Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan. And when it came to getting the valuable craft to their final destination, the task was entrusted to GAC Sri Lanka after a competitive round of bidding.
It was a challenging project that took months of meticulous planning. The craft, weighing 1,577 and 1,199 tonnes respectively, were towed by GAC’s resident Anchor Handling Tug Yevin and Tug Nina to the West Container Terminal basin for loading onto the semi-submersible Development Way with support from the launch GAC Ship IV. The entire operation was carefully planned by GAC’s Master Mariners in collaboration with Sri Lanka Ports Authority officials, Colombo Dockyard Engineers and Development Way Master.
They arrived Khor Amaya (Iraq Anchorage) 12 days later where they were handed over to a team from GAC Kuwait who took care of their discharge and clearance under their watchful eye of two GAC Sri Lanka experts flown in for the four tug operation to float the craft off the ship. They were then towed 65 NM up a congested, narrow river channel and delivered to the consignee in Umm Qasr.
“The successful end-to-end execution is testament to GAC’s operational expertise and demonstrates the GAC Spirit that’s uphold by local companies,” says Ravi Edirisinghe, GAC Sri Lanka CEO Director. “The lessons learned and valuable experience gained from this project serve as excellent references when we approach for more business in this segment in future.”
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