Anthony Veder – Coral Lophelia

Anthony Veder is specialist in shipping liquefied gas products. Involved in all segments of the gas market from co2 to ethylene and from LPG to LNG, it has developed long-term relationships with clients in the oil and gas industry.

The Anthony Veder fleet consists of 30 modern gas carriers. Most of them are semi-pressurised/ fully refrigerated (SP/FR) gas tankers, ethylene (ETH) carriers and combined and dedicated LNG carriers.

Built in 2006, the Coral Lophelia is an LPG/LEG carrier, measuring 108m in length with a 17m beam, and her gross tonnage is 5440 tons.

Challenge

During inspection of the vessel, some cracks were found in a compartment holding non-intrinsically safe equipment. It was agreed that the damage required urgent repair, and this was planned for execution ‘in voyage’ between Belgium and Finland to ensure the vessel could continue with its journey without losing valuable time.

Coral Lophelia
LNG tanker habitat

Planning

With a week’s notice, we were preparing to execute the project at sea, ‘in voyage’, when a short time slot in the trip became available, allowing the repair work to take place in Cuxhaven Shipyard in Germany. In close communication with the vessel’s superintendent, the project was re-calculated and prepared and executed in a very flexible and efficient manner to ensure there were no unnecessary delays in the journey and that the workforce on board were kept safe while the repair work was carried out.

Solution

At very short notice we were able to prepare the required materials for delivery, and mobilise a technician to site in Cuxhaven. The vessel arrived in the shipyard on Saturday night, by Sunday a technician was on board with the habitat fully installed on the Monday. The work to repair the compartment, including cutting and welding, was completed during the course of the day on the Tuesday, with the habitat disassembled, the technician and material off board, the ship was ready to go the same day.

 

LNG tanker habitat
safehouse habitat on tanker

Outcome and benefits

By using a SAFEHOUSE habitat, the hot work repair could be executed in a safe manner while the vessel was still in gas phase without the need for cleaning, degassing or making the vessel inert.

The down time of the vessel was limited to less than 48 hours, the journey was unchanged and the cost connected to cleaning and gas- freeing the vessel, usually in excess of €100,000, was avoided.