The Northwest Shearwater joined the fleet in September 1991, making it the fifth in the fleet. It is operated by BP Shipping Ltd and flies the Bermudan Flag.
The Northwest Snipe was completed in September 1990 to be the fourth LNG carrier in the fleet.
The Northwest Sanderling was the first to ship in the fleet to carry North West Shelf LNG to Japan.
April 2018 News
The NW Sandpiper returned to fleet service this month after successfully completing an extensive 58-day refit. The refit included upgrading the boiler combustion system to comply with the 2020 global sulphur limit of 0.50% m/m.
Our thanks go out to STAPL Ship and Shore staff, Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard and all contractors who embraced ‘Goal Zero’. A total of circa 300,000 man hours without a single First Aid Case or LOPC! An incredible achievement.
March 2018 News
The NWS Project Fleet surpassed 6 million man hours free of a recordable injury at the start of March. A truly remarkable safety performance and a reflection of the dedication of everyone to managing safety with constant vigilance.
February 2018 News
On 13th January 2018, after 26 years and 3 months of safe and reliable operations, BP Shipping handed over the helm of the NW Shearwater to Shell Tankers Australia (STAPL) for the vessel to join the other five Northwest Shelf Moss LNG vessels under STAPL management.
The NWSSSC GM, Mr Paul Oliver joined the teams from BP Shipping and STAPL for the handover onboard the NW Shearwater. He thanked everyone from BP Shipping both past and present for their excellent performance over the years and expressed confidence that this performance would continue under STAPL management.
December 2017 News
At the end of November the Northwest Seaeagle passed 25 years without a lost time injury. This remarkable performance was achieved whilst delivering over 300 cargoes of LNG from Australia to North Asia and undergoing 10 refits.
November 2017 News
Paul Oliver joined as General Manager on 1st November, replacing Erick Weston. Paul returns to the NWS project, having been NWSSSC Development Manager from 1997 to 2002 and ALNG Vice President, with responsibility for the shipping phase of the GDLNG project, from 2002 to 2004.
September 2017 News
During the month of September, the Northwest Seaeagle completed her 25-year refit in Sembcorp Marine’s Admiralty Yard. This was North West Shelf Shipping Service Company’s third refit of the year completed without injury or incident, during which extensive work was completed to the main engine, ballast tanks and the cosmetic appearance of the accommodation block.
August 2017 News
August 2017 saw the NWS Project Ships reach 5 million man hours of operation without a recordable injury. This exemplifies our primary aim of safe shipping and is testament to the hard work and continued focus of the seafarers on our ships as well as the teams that support them.
June 2017 News
Northwest Stormpetrel, the youngest of our Moss vessels, completed refit this month at Sembcorp Marine. The 30-day refit was successfully executed without incident, injury or Loss of Primary Containment. The vessels’ operator, Shell Tankers Australia Pty Ltd embraced innovation by providing each responsible officer with computer tablets preloaded with the refit specification, supervision guides, job Risk Assessments and Tool Box Talks. These were used to safely manage, photograph and continually track progress of individual items and help to generate the maintenance history. NWS Shipping thank Ship and Shore staff for a safe and successful refit.
February 2017 News
The Northwest Swan completed a 28 day refit at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore without incident or injury. The only Membrane vessel in the fleet, Swan spent 18 days of the refit in drydock having a new paint scheme applied whilst various critical equipment inspections carried out. This work will see the ship through to her next refit in 2019.
NWS Shipping thank Chevron for a safe and successful refit.
January 2017 News
Excellence in Safe Operations
The start of 2017 marked a four million man hours injury free milestone achievement on the NWS Fleet. No seafarer or contractor was injured that resulted in restricted work time, lost time or requiring medical treatment beyond First Aid since November 2014. Also during the period there were five scheduled vessel refits carried out in Singapore with activities posing a higher risk to personal injury. Thank you to the seafarers and Allocated Operators of the NWS fleet; BP Shipping, Chevron Shipping and Shell Shipping. This is a tremendous achievement.
December 2016 News
Annual Safety Meeting
2016 concluded with the annual safety conference in Oita, supported by Kyushu Electric. Over 50 buyers and terminals were represented from across Japan. Productive dialogue focussed on safety initiatives and clearly identified challenges and actions for the year ahead. A visit to Oita LNG terminal provided attendees with the opportunity to understand new terminal tsunami defence measures. The 2017 safety conference will be hosted by Chugoku Electric in Hiroshima.
October 2016 News
Northwest Seaeagle at Joetsu
In early October the Northwest Seaeagle made her first call to Chubu Electric’s Joetsu terminal. We were pleased to arrange a gift exchange ceremony with the Terminal Management. Master and crew of the vessel participated in a ship-shore fire drill, simulating a manifold area fire and evacuation of the casualties. The drill included utilization of shore response teams and both ship and shore firefighting facilities. The exercise attracted attention from local dignitaries, government, media and other industry representatives.
April 2016 News
NWS Fleet Safety Performance
Northwest Sanderling successfully completed an incident free refit at Sembcorp Marine Singapore. NWS Shipping thank the Ship’s Crew and the Sembcorp Marine project team for their hard work, dedication and commitment towards safety throughout the refit period. Since 2005 NWS Shipping and Sembcorp Marine have completed over 9 million man hours free of a lost time incident. An excellent achievement by all involved and a safety performance to be rightly proud of.
March 2016 News
Emergency Un-berthing Exercise
On 23 March 2016, NWSSSC achieved an important milestone by conducting its first emergency un-berthing exercise at a Japanese terminal. The NW Swan completed a successful drill at Sakai LNG terminal, verifying simulated vessels performance. The exercise was carried out safely and efficiently, confirming good cooperation by all parties. The exercise was witnessed by NWS Shipping General Manager Erick Weston and North Asia Manager Drago Pinteric.
January 2016 News
LNG Operations Safety Awareness
NWS Shipping Tokyo team members recently attended the 23rd LNG Operations Safety Awareness week organised by Mitsubishi Cooperation. Over 200 industry members shared information on safety of navigation, shipping compliance, LNG as marine fuel and LNG STS operations.
Engagement with key NWS Shipping stakeholders in Singapore has occurred focused on 2015 shipyard projects. This annual engagement seeks to identify best practices with an open dialogue about lessons learned and scene setting for another year of productive and safe dry dockings.
December 2015 News
Recently the North West Shelf (NWS) Project’s fleet completed a full year without a Lost Time Injury, a Medical Treatment Case or a Restricted Work Case.
Significant milestones like this, resulting in no harm to people can only be achieved through an outstanding and continuous commitment to safety by all those on board the vessels and by shore management.
The NWS Project congratulates all involved on this excellent achievement and wishes our seafarers all the best for many more safe voyages.
November 2015 News
Northwest Snipe Refit
The Northwest Snipe recently completed a major refit at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard. The 55 day project was completed three days ahead of schedule with over 250,000 man hours worked and no injuries to personnel.
NWSSSC is proud of this achievement and would like to thank all the ship’s officers and crew, the shore side project management team and Sembcorp for all their hard work in providing an injury free environment throughout the project.
October 2015 News
Annual Ship Shore Meeting
The annual Ship Shore meeting was held at Tohoku Electric, Sendai in September.
All NWS Project Japanese LNG buyers, agents and many terminal representatives attended. NWSSSC presented on ship vetting, refits, port state control and Standardised Compatibility Confirmation List.
As the largest carrier of LNG from Australia to North Asia, North West Shelf Shipping has safely and reliably delivered LNG shipments from Australia's largest operating oil and gas resource development to the North West Shelf Project customers since 1989.