OLS recently attended to the tanker vessel, MT YZ Azalea. The vessel discharged over 18,000mt of bulk sulphuric acid via pipeline. The acid was destined for a local mine.
The OLS team provided various ships agency services. This discharge face a few challenges that the OLS team swiftly solved. One such challenge was an issue with the crane that had to hold up the 80 tonne pipe in the air. This hefty pipe caused some stability issues in the windy weather, and by using a lighter pipe (35 tonnes) the discharging job went perfectly through the rough weather conditions.
Another challenge was the positioning of the vessel. The OLS team had to always work out the exact bollards where the vessel ropes should be tied in order for the discharge connection from the vessel to be aligned with shore connection. This meant our agents are always on site when the vessel docks to assist the berthing master with placing the vessel correctly. If a vessel is not placed correctly this could mean damages to the hull and quay. Misaligment also means the receiver will not be able to commence with discharge unless the situation is fixed, leading to delays and demurrage costs.
Quick thinking and a simplifying solution approcah helped to ensure the safe and smooth discharge of the bulk cargo.