Aqaba’s APMSco in LNG tanker deal with Sanmar
The Aqaba Port Marine Services Co. (APMSco) has signed an agreement in Istanbul with Turkey’s Sanmar Co to provide marine services for LNG tankers arriving at the Aqaba LNG Terminal and a tug jetty to be located to the north of the terminal.
The deal, signed in the presence of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) chief commissioner professor Kamel Mahadin, will make it possible to serve LNG tankers and to provide a rapid response station in case of emergencies, along with another marine harbour to be established to the south of the Aqaba New Port.
The agreement was signed by the APMSco chairman Dan Kornev, APMSco vice-chairman and ASEZA commissioner for environment and health control Dr. Muhannad Harara and the chairman of Sanmar.
The Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) is currently working on building new specialised marine services berths, as part of the LNG project. It will consist in the construction a tug jetty and a harbour-master administration building and workshop, in collaboration with ASEZA, the ADC, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and APMSco.
During the signing ceremony, Dr. Mahadin stressed the importance of the cooperation between Jordan and Turkey in the maritime and marine industries fields.
He invited Turkish investors in the sector to come and invest in the New Port of Aqaba, noting that the move completes an integrated ports strategy designed to develop the port community in Aqaba.
This will support the national economy, open up new horizons for the development of marine industries in Jordan, and enhance the status of the Jordanian economy, both regionally and globally, he said.
Mahadin noted that the port community in Aqaba has King Abdullah II’s interest and the king is following how it is transforming Aqaba into a world class business, transport and logistics hub on the Red Sea.
This agreement is considered a step forward in the establishment of the liquefied natural gas terminal.
The Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) has signed an agreement to establish the LNG Terminal to accommodate an FRSU facility for gas storage and conversion to meet kingdom’s needs of natural gas.
The terminal will consist of one berth, unloading equipment and connections to the current gas pipeline.
The LNG tug building agreement will include the construction of four LNG tugs, one pilot boat and two mooring boats for a total cost of $53 million, while ASEZA, the ADC, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and APMSco will follow up on the implementation of the marine-service requirements of the LNG terminal.