P&O Maritime Logistics (“POML”), a Dubai-based marine solutions and logistics company, has recently secured a contract to build two vessels to support Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) growing export requirements. The vessels, designed by Wartsila Ship Design, will be built at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Limited in China, and once completed, will operate in Papua New Guinea (PNG) principally between Kiunga in the Western Province and Port Moresby.
POML currently operates 10 vessels in PNG, nine of which are operated in support of OTML’s operations and the OK Tedi Development Foundation. Of its nine vessels, four are used to ship copper concentrate from Kiunga in the Western Province via the Fly River to Port Moresby for export. The fit-out and design of the existing vessels, as well as the newbuilds, have been optimised to operate on the Fly River. The vessels will maximise cargo lift, whilst also meeting the unique environmental requirements and ensuring that the communities on the river are not impacted by the ships’ operations.
Commenting on the contract, Robert Desai, Chief Commercial Officer said: