PLL is responsible for the arrangement of transportation of LNG from RasGas in Qatar to PLL's Regasification Terminal at Dahej. PLL signed Time Charter Agreements with the Consortium (ShipOwners) led by M/s. Mitsui OSK Lines Limited of Japan a leading company in LNG shipping business, for Time Charter of two LNG Tankers of 138,000 cu.m capacity each, and one LNG Tanker of 155,000 cu.m capacity for transportation of 7.5 MMTPA LNG from RasGas, Qatar to LNG Terminal at Dahej, Gujarat for a period ending 30th April 2028. M/s. Mitsui OSK Lines is one of the largest operator of LNG tonnage and the other members of the consortium are NYK Line & K Line of Japan, The Shipping Corporation of India Limited and Qatar Shipping Company (Q' Ship) / Nakilat, Qatar. Three separate companies for the three LNG Tankers in the name of India LNG Transport Company (No.1 / No.2 & No. 3) Limited have been incorporated.
The first LNG Tanker - DISHA (Hull No. 2210) has been delivered on 9th January, 2004 followed by second LNG Tanker - RAAHI (Hull No. 2211) on 16th December 2004 and the Third LNG tanker 'Aseem' (Hull No. 1686) on 16th November 2009. The Tankers are regularly transporting LNG from Ras Laffan, Qatar to LNG Terminal, Dahej. These vessels are transporting contracted quantity 7.5 MMTPA of LNG.
The Indian Shipping Company "The Shipping Corporation of India" (SCI) is a major equity partner in the ShipOwning companies. It is the largest shipping company of India. Both the LNG Tankers are now manned, managed / maintained and operated by SCI since December 2008.
Port Operation at Dahej:
PLL signed Port Operation Services Agreement with the consortium of PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd., Singapore and Ocean Sparkle Ltd., India (Public Limited Company titled as M/s. Sealion Sparkle Port and Terminal Services (Dahej) Limited). The Port Operator owns and operates Tug Boats, Mooring Boat and Pilot Boat and undertakes safe towing, mooring & pilotage of the LNG Tankers and maintenance of jetty facilities at Dahej LNG terminal. The pilots engaged by Port Operator have thorough local knowledge and have undergone simulation training for smooth, safe and efficient berthing for larger Q Flex vessels also.