The MV Fairchem Protea had her maiden call on the port Walvis Bay recently. The tanker was in port to discharge some 19,000t of sulphuric acid for a Namibian uranium mine. The mine uses the acid in the extraction of uranium.
The acid is discharged via pipeline and pumped to the client's storage tanks in port. From there the pipeline runs underground for storage purposes. The average pump rate is 550kPa per hour.
The oil/chemical tanker was built in 2021 (newbuilding) and is sailing under the flag of Marshall islands. She is 147m in length, 24m wide and has a total of 20 storage tanks with a draft of 19959t DWT. Ocean Liner Services acted as agents and took care of all the port formalities and husbandry services.