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Milaha expands to West Africa

Qatar’s Milaha has expanded its global footprint by deploying its flagship, the liftboat Milaha Explorer, off the coast of West Africa as part of a long-term charter with an unspecified major international oil company. As Qatar has faced trading restrictions with its Middle Eastern neighbours in recent months, the country’s transport operators have had to seek new markets for their fleets.

Milaha took delivery of the Milaha Explorer in 2016, and it is part of the group’s marine offshore fleet, which is comprised of over 47 anchor handling towing vessels, platform support vessels, dive and construction support vessels, and other vessel types supporting the offshore oil and gas industry.

Commenting on the deployment of the liftboat, Milaha’s president and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “Over the past few months, we have been significantly ramping up our operations, and I am pleased to announce further growth in our geographic footprint and operational portfolio with this long-term deployment, which marks our entry into Africa.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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