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Cabinet has approved a US$1.63 million contract to EMCO Wheaton for the provision of nine marine loading arms for Petrojam Limited’s main docking facility.
This disclosure was made by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz, at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on December 1.
The Minister said that the procurement of the loading arms is one of the critical tasks associated with the rehabilitation of Petrojam’s main dock. “The installation of these items will greatly enhance the ease and safety of the dock operations,” he pointed out.
A marine loading arm is a device consisting of articulated steel pipes that connect a tankship, such as an oil tanker or chemical tanker, to a cargo terminal.
It is an alternative to direct hose hookups that is particularly useful for larger vessels and transfers at higher rates and pressures. Controlled manually or hydraulically, a loading arm employs swivel joints and can, to some extent, follow the movement of a moored vessel.
The contract was recommended by the National Contracts Commission and the Infrastructure Sub-committee.