OILSTS

40 YEARS OF GLOBAL SHIP-TO-SHIP SUPPORT SERVICE EXPERIENCE

We believe in long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with our customers founded on total dependability and technical know-how. 

Our specialized mooring masters (POAC) deploy our worldwide services across 26 global locations. These highly trained individuals meet with the stringent MARPOL requirements and the ship-to-ship transfer guide through our rigorous recruitment and training program.

Our mooring masters (POAC) can be deployed for the full ship-to-ship service or for berthing/unberthing operations for floating storage and offloading (FSO), floating production storage and offloading (FPSO), tandem moors and other projects.

We are prepared and ready for mobilization 24/7 and offer decisive response plans to meet your unique requirements. Our turn-key oil ship-to-ship solutions support you from concept to implementation.

OUR TURNKEY, COMPREHENSIVE AND
COST-EFFECTIVE SERVICE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Pre-screening of vessels for suitability and compatibility
Specialized and highly trained mooring masters (POAC)
State-of the-art equipment including fenders, hoses and support craft
Due diligence, weather forecasting, break bulk logistics and mooring analysis
Pre-operation risk assessment and joint plan of operations for vessel owners
Total compliance with international and local regulations.

GLOBAL LOCATIONS

Scapa Flow

Crude oil, refined products, LPG, & LNG

Rotterdam

Crude oil, refined products

Kalundborg

Crude oil, refined products

Southwold

Crude oil, refined products

Skaw

Crude oil, refined products

Augusta

Crude oil, refined products, & LPG

Malta

Crude oil, refined products, & LPG

Fujairah

Crude oil, refined products

Dubai

Crude oil, refined products, LPG, & LNG

Suez

Crude oil, refined products

Cyprus

Crude oil, refined products

Trincomalee

Crude oil, refined products, & LPG

Galle

Crude oil, refined products, & LPG

Linggi

Crude oil, refined products, LPG, & LNG

Karimun

Crude oil, refined products

Subic Bay

LNG

Yosu

Crude oil, refined products

Gibraltar

Crude oil, refined products, & LNG

Lome, Togo

Crude oil, refined products, LPG & LNG

35° 54’N 014° 51’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Malta’s central location in the Mediterranean and its proximity to all of the main international shipping routes makes it ideally situated for conducting ship-to-ship transfer operations. In addition, Malta can offer a comprehensive service of inspection, testing and surveying facilities for a range of distillate cargoes from heavy to light.

STS Marine Solutions owns and operates sufficient equipment in Malta to conduct a multitude of STS operations simultaneously with vessels ranging in size from 5,000 SDWT to and including VLCCs involving varying cargoes. What’s more, all STS operations are conducted in international waters off Malta so there are no extra port costs.

In association with our Malta-based sister company Carmelo Caruana Company Ltd, STS Marine Solutions is able to provide turnkey solutions for all your requirements in Malta. The relationship between the companies allows us to handle everything from equipment deployment, recovery, ship-to-ship transfer and all your agency needs.

Fendering operations are carried out off Valletta Fairway Buoy. Thereafter, berthing operations are conducted with both vessels underway. Once all fast, vessels will proceed to anchor at Hurd Bank in order to conduct cargo transfer.

Gibraltar Bay Inner Anchorage

Cargo Restrictions: LPG not currently permitted
Night Berthing Restrictions: Daylight only

STS Marine Solutions’ operations in Gibraltar are licensed by the Gibraltar Port Authority and regulated by an approved Safety Management System (SMS). A Det Norske Veritas (DNV) accredited ISO9001:2008 quality assurance system combined with co-operation with local business partners Global Agency Company (GAC) Gibraltar ensures a reliable, professional service and an impeccable environmental and safety track record.

Innovations including vapour balancing ensure permission from the Gibraltar Port Authorities to transfer crude oil and other by-products with zero emissions and zero impact on the local environment. STS Marine Solutions conducts STS operations in Gibraltar with vessels ranging in size from 5,000 SDWT to 300,000 SDWT and all operations are supported by highly skilled, dedicated shore-based staff with over 40 years’ seagoing experience.

Upon arrival, vessels will anchor at Gibraltar Western Anchorage. Prior to commencing operations, the larger vessel (Mother Vessel) is brought into Gibraltar Bay where they anchor and are fendered (starboard side). Thereafter, the Daughter Vessel is brought into Gibraltar Bay and brought alongside the Mother Vessel. Berthing operations are carried out with the Mother Vessel at anchor with assistance of port pilots and tugs.

34° 30’ N 033° 17’ E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

An important and strategic STS location, Cyprus with its nexus position in the North Eastern Mediterranean, is a very efficient STS location being a stepping stone to Asia and African continents.

Operations are conducted in international waters so there are no port fees. With excellent proximity to the Dardanelles (only 42 hours’ sailing) and only 10 hours steaming time from Suez Canal at 14.5 knots, Cyprus gives clients the option to deliver to eastern Mediterranean markets and the opportunity to trans-ship larger parcels of cargo east avoiding inherent delays to larger vessels transiting the Turkish Straits.

Fendering, berthing and cargo transfer operations are all carried out underway/ adrift.

58° 54.5’N 003° 03’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Orkney’s renowned harbour provides 50 square miles of sheltered deep water designated anchorage – a safe and protected position strategically located almost exactly halfway between Saint Petersburg and Nova Scotia, on the main shipping routes linking Russia, Northern Europe, the US Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico.

From Handymax vessels to VLCCs, the port infrastructure is equipped to support STS operations of any size and with STS Marine Solutions’ impeccable safety and environmental track record backed by 30 years’ experience in pilotage and towage crews, your project is assured to be in the most expert hands.

A new era in ship-to-ship transfers was heralded in 2007 when the first commercial transfer of LNG was conducted by SPT Marine Services (now STS Marine Solutions) as the vessels MT Excelsior and Excalibur lay at anchor in Scapa Flow.

Fendering, berthing and cargo transfer operations are all carried out at anchor with the assistance of port pilots and tugs.

52° 18’N 002° 05’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Southwold’s location close to the English Channel and its proximity to all the ports of Europe makes it ideally situated for conducting ship-to-ship transfer operations and as a floating storage location. In addition, Southwold can offer a comprehensive service of inspection, testing and surveying facilities for a range of distillate cargoes from heavy to light.

STS Marine Solutions owns and operates sufficient equipment in Southwold to allow the company to conduct a multitude of STS operations simultaneously with vessels ranging in size from 10,000 SDWT up to and including VLCCs. What’s more, all STS operations are conducted in international waters off the UK coast so there are no extra port costs.

Working alongside MCA, STS Marine Solutions ensures that all arrangements are in place for STS operations with a 48-hour notice requirement prior to commencement.

Fendering operations are carried out 5nm east of the Barnard Buoy. Thereafter, berthing operations are conducted with both vessels underway. Once all fast, vessels will proceed to anchor in order to conduct cargo transfer.

57° 25’N 010° 46’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Because of the available depth of water at Skaw, it is an excellent alternative location to Kalundborg. Charterers can send smaller tonnage vessels into the Baltic to load and bring them to Skaw to discharge and top-up a VLCC or Suezmax thereby bypassing the draft restrictions in place in the Great Belt. With close proximity to the North Sea, STS Marine Solutions can provide clients with an alternative location for loading deep-drafted vessels.

Berthing operations are undertaken at anchor with the assistance of port pilots and tugs. All STS Marine Solutions’ mooring masters are Danish Maritime Association-approved, an essential requirement for STS operations in Danish waters.

55° 42.75’N 010° 55.40’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

STS operations are conducted inside and outside of Kalundborg Fjord depending on vessel drafts (max. draft 17-metre brackish water). This is a sheltered and protected location. The STS Marine Solutions team offers a comprehensive service with fully experienced and qualified operational staff. Innovative operating procedures ensure we meet all current industry standards and regulations as well as observing environmental demands.

All operations are conducted under the supervision of the Danish Maritime Authority. Berthing is conducted at anchor with the assistance of port pilots and tugs.

06° 06’N 001° 21’F

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: Daylight only

STS Marine Solutions operates in West Africa using a highly skilled team of experienced and qualified mooring masters to conduct ship-to-ship transfer of oil cargoes. Versatile in conducting STS safely and efficiently in a variety of demanding and diverse global environments, our team has undergone specialised simulator training. In West Africa, mooring masters have gained extensive local knowledge in each STS area, being fully conversant with weather patterns, sea conditions and individual cargo and vessel requirements.

Mooring masters, fenders, hoses and STS equipment permanently onboard our support vessel, Togo Venture, ensures a fast response time to prompt appointments.

Fendering operations are carried out at the designated STS anchorage. Thereafter, berthing operations are conducted with both vessels underway. Once all fast, vessels will proceed back to the designated STS anchorage in order to conduct cargo transfer. STS operations are conducted under the observation of the Togo Navy.

29° 43’N 032° 37’E
29° 43’N 032° 38’E
29° 42’N 032° 37’E
29° 42’N 032° 38’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: Daylight only

Fendering operations are carried out at the designated STS anchorage. Thereafter, berthing operations are conducted with both vessels underway. Once all fast, vessels will proceed back to the designated STS anchorage in order to conduct cargo transfer.

31° 36’N 032° 15’E
31° 40’N 032° 15’E
31° 40’N 032° 20’E
31° 36’N 032° 20’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Fendering, berthing and cargo transfer operations are all carried out underway/adrift within the designated STS location.

(United Arab Emirates)
25° 30.0’N 054° 58.0’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: Daylight only

Dubai is a strategic location to STS for cargo coming out of the Arabian Gulf. Strategically located in the AG region, it is not much of a deviation for the vessels. All STS operations are reviewed and approved by the DMCA Authorities and operations are permitted only inside the dedicated “D” Anchorage. Nighttime berthing is not allowed by authorities, however unberthing is permitted.

STS operations are underway, i.e No Tugs are required. Both vessels once moored drop anchor at “D” anchorage for the cargo transfer. Oil, chemical and gas STS transfers are permitted in Dubai. The maximum depth of water is around 30 metres and can easily accommodate vessels up to the size of VLCC and ULCC.

(United Arab Emirates)
25° 09.7’N 056° 33.8’E

Cargo Restrictions: Chemical transfer not allowed
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Fujairah Port is the largest port on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates and the world’s second largest bunkering hub. The Fujairah Port Authority has strategically dedicated anchorages for all types of vessels and activities. Anchorage “S” is a dedicated anchorage for oil STS and “G” Anchorage is the dedicated anchorage for gas STS (LNG and LPG).

The Anchorage is located in sheltered waters and hence offers suitable weather conditions throughout the year with minor weather disturbances during the shamal season.

STS at Fujairah is carried out with assistance of port pilots and tugs at the dedicated anchorage. The depths in “S” Anchorage exceeds 60 metres and can easily accommodate vessels up to the size of a VLCC and ULCC.

(United Arab Emirates)
25° 21’N 056° 26’E

Cargo Restrictions: Chemical transfer not allowed
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Khor Fakkan Port is operated by Sharjah Port Authority and is strategically located on Sharjah’s Indian Ocean coast, outside the Strait of Hormuz and close to the main east-west shipping route. The Khor Fakkan Anchorage is only a few miles north of Fujairah Anchorage.

STS at Khor Fakkan is carried out at dedicated “A” anchorage with assistance of port pilots and tugs. The depths in the area exceed 60 metres and can easily accommodate larger vessels.

The Anchorage is located in sheltered waters and hence offer suitable weather conditions throughout the year, with minor weather disturbances during the shamal season.

(Sri Lanka)
08° 41’N 081° 30’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

STS Marine Solutions operates at two strategic ports in Sri Lanka: Galle and Trincomalee. These locations are perfectly located in the Indian Ocean thereby serving as a midway transit point for STS between the Middle East and Far East Asia – Galle being on the southern-most tip and Trincomalee located on the East coast of the island.

STS at Trincomalee is carried out at OPL (>12nm) and there is also an option to conduct the operation at Galle OPL. During the SW monsoon season between June and September each year, Trincomalee offers safe havens required for STS, since it is on the leeward side of the island. There is also a possibility to conduct STS at Trincomalee Inner Harbour should the weather deteriorate at OPL, thereby offering alternate solutions to the vessels to transfer their cargo and avoid undue demurrage to both the vessels.

STS at Trincomalee OPL is carried out underway, therefore no tugs are required. The area offers sufficient depths of more than 500 metres to easily accommodate larger vessels.

(Malaysia)
02° 23.30’ N 101° 58.20’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Kuala Linggi International Port (KLIP) is located in the Malacca Strait, a few miles south of Port Dickson. Sungai Linggi commercially known as Linggi International Floating Transhipment & Trading Hub, is a transhipment area for liquid bulk and break-bulking for the western region from the Middle East to the eastern region or Australia. It is among the largest designated ship-to-ship cargo transfer areas in Malaysia.

The port authorities have dedicated anchorage to conduct STS operations. The depth of waters here is around 30 metres and can easily accommodate larger vessels. STS in this area is carried out with assistance of port pilots and tugs and a POAC.

(South Korea)
34° 44’ N 127° 46’E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

STS Marine Solutions is operating in the Port of Yeosu (S Korea) with its local partners. The port authorities at Yeosu have dedicated anchorage for CPP and DPP.

The “C” Anchorage is for CPP cargo transfer and can accommodate max draft of 13 metres. The “W” and “D2” Anchorage is for DPP cargo transfer and can accommodate vessels up to 14.5 metres and 16 metres draft respectively.

The STS operation here is carried out with assistance of port pilots, tugs and our POAC. With very prompt TUG and other stevedoring services available at this location, the turnaround time for the vessels could be as short as 36 hours.

Honningsvåg
70° 58’ N 025° 45’ E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

At Honningsvåg, STS Marine Solutions undertook the first-ever LNG transhipment mega-project in the Arctic Circle with the capability to accommodate simultaneous cargo transfer operations from Arctic-classed LNG tankers to conventional tankers.

The driving force for the project is that during the winter months conventional vessels are not able to reach the LNG terminal in Sabetta, due to the location being icebound. This necessitates the utilisation of Arctic-classed tankers. In order to maximise the ice utilisation of the Arctic-classed tankers Honningsvåg has been identified as a prime ice- free location for conventional vessels to reach and enable the further distribution of LNG allowing the Arctic-classed vessels to return to their specialist operating area.

Honningsvåg is situated at a bay on the south eastern side of the large island of Magerøya. The locations utilised for the STS operations are designated areas, selected based on their geographical location to provide sheltered, ice-free waters with sufficient depth and good holding ground, close to Honningsvåg port services. The locations are also selected based on consultation with the port authority and the NCA, including local pilots and have previously been used to tranship oil/condensate from tankers.

Even though Honningsvåg is located at the northernmost extreme of Europe, it has a subarctic climate due to the Gulf Stream. There is no permafrost because the mean annual temperature is 2 °C (36 °F). Weather in winter is softened by the ice-free ocean, and the average temperature is not as low as that of most other locations around this latitude. The mean temperature is 6.68 °C.

 

(Malaysia)
05° 16.0’ N, 115° 07.0’ E

Cargo Restrictions: No Oil or LPG
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Labuan is a location currently being used by STS Marine Solutions for LNG operations. The port is known for being an offshore support hub for deep water oil and gas activities in the region, therefore has good infrastructure and support services. The weather is favourable through most of the year with the biggest impact to operations being squalls and thunderstorms which are more prevalent in May to September.

As Labuan is a known location for LNG STS operations it means makes this area one of the prime locations for the Asian market. There have been 10 -15 LNG STS operations completed in the area, with more operations scheduled in the near future, thus making the pilots and support services fully aware of the operations. Storage and other onshore facilities are of a good standard with known agents to STS Marine Solutions.

Each operational license is issued on a case by case basis, following the completion of the local authority approvals STS licences could be issued within a few months of application.

(Philippines)
14° 48’ N, 120° 16’ E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: No berthing at night

Subic Bay is a natural deep harbour with sheltered anchorages in a strategic location. The Port of Subic is a major seaport in the Philippines and South East Asia. Located about southwest of Luzon Island and about 100 kilometres northwest of Manila Bay, it has a deep natural harbour with an excellent and sheltered anchorage, naturally protecting it from typhoons. This same feature further sharpens its competitive edge for deep sea, short sea and inland shipping.

Subic Bay has a good infrastructure of support services which enables the operation to proceed smoothly. The weather is favourable most of the year, stronger winds have a higher percentage of occurrence in the winter months. Typhoons rarely pass over Subic Bay, which is seen as a refuge for cover from the accompanying winds and seas when typhoons form around the Philippines.

As Subic Bay is a known location for LNG STS operations, the pilots and support facilities have a high level of experience with more than 45 LNG STS operations having been conducted. Suitable equipment storage facilities are available. The Port of Subic is likewise an ideal logistics and transhipment hub, as its strategic location along major sea lanes makes it easily accessible to regional markets and international shipping ports.

(Spain)
35° 52’00 N 005° 01’05 W

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

A new addition to our operational bases, Ceuta provides a useful strategic alternative to Gibraltar Bay operations; especially when faced with potential night-term berthing restrictions or congestion. STS Marine Solutions can conduct STS transfers of LPG, CPP and DPP cargoes at Ceuta, with all STS operations are conducted in international waters off Ceuta so there are no extra port costs.

In association with our Gibraltar-based business partners Global Agency Company Ltd, STS Marine Solutions is able to handle everything from equipment mobilisation, recovery, STS cargo transfer and all your agency requirements.

The entire operation from fendering through to berthing and un-rigging of equipment will be carried out with the vessels underway, without the need for additional tugs or pilot support.

(Italy)
37° 12’00 N 015 33’00 E

Cargo Restrictions: None
Night Berthing Restrictions: None

Augusta is returning to our portfolio of bases, offering operations to be conducted either IPL or OPL. With the associated port costs of conducting operations withing the port limits, the favored option when permissible is to proceed outside of the port limits for the STS operation.

Augusta provides an ideal alternative to Malta, particularly in the winter months when Malta can be more exposed to the adverse weather conditions. The more sheltered location of Augusta can provide a more suitable option for STS operations to be conducted safely and efficiently.