The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.
) has signed an agreement with Armada Companies, LLC to provide Person-In-Charge (PIC) marine officers for liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater ports and other terminals worldwide.
Armada has a contract with Skaugen Petro Trans (SPT) Offshore, LLC to
provide U.S.-citizen merchant officers supplied by M.E.B.A. to serve as
PICs at terminals including the liquefied natural gas deepwater port in the
Gulf of Mexico and the new deepwater port under construction off
PICs serve as a deepwater port operator's representative and are
normally stationed aboard vessels during cargo operations. These highly
skilled officers must be familiar with deepwater port operations, emergency
and security procedures. PICs are also responsible for coordinating gas
discharge operations between the Energy Bridge Regasification Vessels
(EBRV), ports, pipeline operators and other downstream interests. They also
monitor cargo transfer operations, disconnection, maneuvering off STL Buoys
and maintain communications between the offshore port and the port
managers. Under the terms of the agreement, M.E.B.A. will also supply
marine officers for liquefied natural gas ship-to-ship (STS) transfer
Construction commenced this week on Excelerate Energy's Northeast
Gateway deepwater port. The new port, which is located 12 miles off the
coast of Massachusetts, is New England's first LNG deepwater port and will
be the second operating LNG deepwater port globally. The first, Gulf
Gateway, is located approximately 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
Gulf Gateway is also owned by Excelerate Energy.