GAC North America has opened an office at Lake Charles to provide ship agency, husbandry and owners’ protective agency services 24/7.
It was opened in response to the growth in LNG exports from the port, as well as other vessel types.
Lake Charles is the 12th busiest port in the US, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers waterborne statistics, with around 1,000 vessels calling annually.
“In light of growing exports of US-produced LNG and the continuing expansion of GAC’s core agency business, Lake Charles was the natural choice for the newest office to strengthen our nationwide network,” explained Darren Martin, GAC North America’s Managing Director for shipping services. “Our team of experts have the local in-depth knowledge and global resources needed to deliver compliant, safe and world-class service to the LNG sector.”
Meanwhile, HullWiper is to launch its hull cleaning solution at Ras Laffan in early 2020 through GAC Qatar.
GAC Qatar is the only company to have been granted a license by the country’s Environment Ministry to operate hull cleaning equipment in its waters.
HullWiper’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) complies with Qatar’s strict regulations, which include the collection of 100% of biofouling removed during cleaning for safe disposal at the Qatar Petroleum (QP) facility after a QP test, and the maintenance of proper cleaning records for monthly submissions to the QP Environment office.
“Qatar is the region’s biggest LNG exporter with more than 70 ships transporting cargo all over the world,” said Simon Doran, HullWiper Managing Director. “With the increase of LNG production, and other ships operating in the country, the number of vessels calling at its ports is expected to grow significantly and HullWiper’s operational presence at Ras Laffan will support Qatar’s initiative for safer, cleaner and greener shipping with its hull cleaning solutions.”