By purchasing its first Nigerian flagged vessel “Afrik Roan”, AfrikDelta Marine Limited (ADML), a leading Nigerian-owned offshore marine company, has entered the next stage of ensuring local compliance in Nigeria. The company has become a Category “AA” rated Nigerian content company as determined by the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, the highest category of Nigerian content compliance available to Nigerian marine companies.
The Afrik Roan is a line handling tug of Damen Stan Tug 3008 design, with 30 tonnes bollard pull. Designed to support offshore terminal activities such as crude oil tanker berthing, towage, line and floating hose handling, fire-fighting and emergency response, the vessel will operate in support of SPM and FPSO oil export terminals offshore Nigeria.
Compliance to Local Content and Cabotage legislation “Mid-2013, 100% Nigeria owned AfrikDelta Marine Limited (ADML) was established by the leading Nigerian conglomerate, the Jagal Group. Smit Lamnalco, who has been in operation in Nigeria since 1991, has been contracted to supply technical and vessel management services to ADML,” Rotimi Awopetu, Business Development Manager ADML stresses.
The purchase of Afrik Roan is the next phase in ADML’s plan to increase the level of ownership of its operated assets in Nigeria, to provide compliance to Nigeria’s Local Content and Cabotage legislation. ADML has advanced plans to obtain investment in its vessel fleet to create 50% Nigerian ownership, and seeks the future purchase of more vessels against firm contracts, to cement its position as one of the leading 100% Nigerian offshore marine providers.
Expansion of the fleet
ADML has a current fleet of 10 operated vessels; including Line Handling Tugs, ASD Tugs, AHTS and Multi-Purpose Offshore vessels, between 30 and 90 tonnes bollard pull, some with Dynamic Positioning. This fleet is expected to grow to some 25 vessels by the end of 2015.