New Vessels To Support Ok Tedi Mine Operations
P&O Maritime Logistics will build two new vessels to support Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) growing export requirements creating employment opportunities for 35 more people.
The vessels, designed by Wartsila Ship Design, will be built at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Limited in China, and will operate in PNG between Kiunga in the Western Province and Port Moresby.
POML currently operates 10 vessels in PNG, nine 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 via the Fly River to Port Moresby for export.
The fit-out and design of the existing vessels, as well as the new builds, have been optimised to operate on the Fly River.
The vessels will maximise cargo lift, while also meeting the unique environmental requirements and ensuring that the communities on the river are not impacted by the ships’ operations.
Chief commercial officer Robert Desai said P&O Maritime Logistics has been operating in PNG for over 30 years.
“During this time, we have consistently invested in growth towards our operations and supporting our client’s important work for the PNG economy, as well as towards the communities in which we operate.
“We appreciate OTML’s continued trust in our capabilities and look forward to repaying that confidence by consistent world-class service.
This contract reflects our robust safety and operational track-record, and the value and quality of our operations in PNG.
“We look forward to contributing to future projects in PNG and continuing to invest in the growth of the local economy,” he said.