QATAR: GAC Qatar has set up an office at the world’s largest LNG export port, Ras Laffan. It is one of the few companies offering full agency services at the port, which is operated and managed by Qatar Petroleum.
It is the latest expansion of the company, which was established in 1979 and is one of the country's leading providers of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Previously, GAC handled operations at Ras Laffan in an OPA (Owners’ Protecting Agency) capacity.
"The Port of Ras Laffan receives nearly 1200 port calls from LNG, LPG and hydrocarbon-carrying vessels yearly," notes Daniel Nordberg, General Manager of GAC Qatar. "This is a market with vast potential and being one of the first few ship agencies in the Country to enter this market marks exciting times ahead for us.”
Fredrik Nystrom, GAC Group Vice President for the Middle East, says “Once again, GAC’s proven track record of excellence puts us at the forefront of the industry, at a time when agency work at this important port is opening up to the private sector.”
The new GAC operations office is manned by a team of ten dedicated to providing full agency and complementary services for vessels calling at Ras Laffan. Being based on-site puts GAC Ras Laffan in an even better position to serve the needs of their customers with round-the-clock operations.
GAC Qatar has more plans in the pipeline, including the development of upstream oil & gas yards in the Port of Ras Laffan to support Field Operators and EPC contractors.