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Klaipėdos Nafta starts installation of unique marine loading equipment

Klaipėdos Nafta (KN), the operator of Lithuania’s oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, has started the installation of marine loading equipment (MLE) for loading oil products to and from tankers in the quay currently being reconstructed by Klaipėda State Seaport Authority. KN will start operating this quay later this year, strengthening its position in the region.
 
“From our perspective, the KN Klaipėda oil terminal has been equipped with the most advanced oil product handling equipment in the Baltic Sea region,” said Dainius Čiuta, Chief Operations Officer at KN. “Its essence is simplicity and the principles of the belt tension control mechanism have been tested over time for the operation of the hoses. The installed construction is more reliable in unfavourable metrological conditions than the currently used handling devices. Reconstruction of berth and new loading equipment will strengthen the KN’s position in the Baltic Sea region, as we will be able to load vessels with higher draft faster. The reconstruction of the quay also ensures the continuity of the activity of the KN oil terminal, as the main construction of the quay currently in use were installed back in 1962. It is important to note that the technical characteristics of marine loading equipment will help maintain high environmental requirements, as well as increase the handling efficiency and the range of handled products.”
 
On behalf of KN, Norwegian and Lithuanian companies are carrying out the work as it pertains to the design, manufacture and installation of the MLE. This equipment is unique not only in its operating principles but also in the fact that KN’s employees have also contributed their competencies and insights to improve the quality of the equipment at the production stage.

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