Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping: strategic acquisitions for the Arabian Gulf
Eng. Baydaq Al Jazaeri
Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping
Moving goods and natural resources by water is critical to the economies of many countries, but perhaps to no country more than Iraq. 80% of the country’s GDP depends on its export of crude oil, and 90% of that leaves by sea. Despite having 3,700 kilometres of borders, just 50 km of those are coastline, and so Iraq’s two oil terminals are clustered together at the top of the Arabian Gulf on the Faw Peninsular. Together they form a critical part of the financial lifeline that supports a country struggling to overcome adversity, and as such it is vital that they operate continuously; filling the VLCCs that come to collect the oil and getting them on their way again as quickly as possible.
A critical role
This places a great responsibility on all those involved in operations at the two terminals, the Al Başrah Oil Terminal (ABOT) and the Khor al-Amaya Oil Terminal (KAAOT), and on none more so than the company charged with ensuring that the giant ships dock quickly and safely in what can often be challenging conditions.
Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK) is a leading provider of specialist services to the offshore oil & gas sector based in the UAE and has been doing business in Iraq for over 40 years. Led by its Chairman Eng. Baydaq Al Jazaeri, it delivers a full range of services to ship owners and operators together with other integrated offshore solutions. JAK operates a fleet of tugs, crew boats, support vessels and jack-up barges that support ABOT and KAAOT. It is JAK’s responsibility to keep the VLCCs moving in and out whatever the weather conditions, not always an easy task with the Shamal, a strong northwesterly wind. A frequent occurrence in the area, in December and January it often reaches speeds of 40 to 60 knots.
New capabilities for new horizons
The company currently operates a number of tugs including a Damen ASD Tug 3213 named the Jawar Basra, which was delivered in 2015, and the Jawar Dubai, a Stan Tug 2909 purchased in 2009.
In late 2016 JAK placed an order with Damen for an additional three vessels; one Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and two ASD Tugs 3213.
“The terminals depend on our fleet, which has to be operable in all weather,” says Chairman Eng. Baydaq Al Jazaeri. “We continue to invest in high quality assets for marine and other equipment that is strategically important for our mission, and only powerful tugs like the ASD Tug 3213 can ensure an uninterrupted service at the Iraqi terminals.” This new capability is particularly important as both facilities are planning to expand their capabilities in the years ahead as Iraq increases its oil output from 4.35m b/d to 4.7m b/d at present to 6m b/d by 2020. JAK’s operations form a critical part of that expansion plan, and not just the tugs. Its Norma 1 floating crane and accommodation platform Riviera 1 will be working on the expansion of the terminals.
The company also provides the terminals with other services. As well as supporting the installation of new Single Point Moorings for the tankers, its vessels have been taking part in the clearing of debris from the Shatt al Arab waterway. It recently won a contract to remove hundreds of pieces of underwater wreckage from around the terminals. Working with Svitzer Salvage it cleared everything larger than a cubic metre in size from the sea floor; a total of 500 pieces including unexploded ordinance, within nine months, on time, within budget and without incident.
JAK also has ambitions beyond the UAE and Iraq. “We’re currently in talks with several major companies across the GCC region for wreck removal and offshore installation projects,” explains Mr. Baydaq Al Jazaeri, “and the acquisition of these new vessels reaffirms Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping’s fullest commitment, confidence and determination to continue supporting the offshore oil & gas industry in the forthcoming years. Damen produces some of the best vessels in the world for these kinds of operations. The reliability is also excellent, the Jawar Basra is now in operation offshore Iraq for more than a year without any downtime.”
From left to right: Mr Bram Langeveld (Sales Director Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem), Mr René H. Berkvens (Chief Executive Officer, Damen Shipyards Group), Mr Pascal Slingerland (Sales Manager Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem), Mr Mazin Yousif (Managing Director, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.), Mr Lionel Ferreira (Commercial & Chartering Manager, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.)