The Starzs vessel “MV Osayame” was commissioned on Friday, 12th February 2010. The vessel was commissioned at the Starzs Shipyard, Federal Ocean terminal (F.O.T) Onne, Rivers State, a newly built Azimuth Stern Drive Offshore Terminal tug to be deployed by NNPC/Total Joint Venture in its offshore operations. The vessel is owned by Starzs Investments Company Limited, is a wholly indigenous firm and also manned by Nigerians.
The commissioning of MV Osayame is seen as a demonstration of the success of the Federal Government’s Cabotage law which seeks “to stimulate the development of indigenous capacity in the Nigerian maritime industry”. It requires vessels to be built in Nigeria, registered in Nigeria, wholly owned and manned by Nigerians, if they are to operate in the country’s coastal and inland waters. The law passed by National Assembly in 2003 came into force in May 2004.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by the crẻmẻ de la crẻmẻ of the Maritime industry and dignitaries from all works of life including the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi who led the Christening and Dedication of the vessel. The Governor was represented by his Deputy, Engineer Tele Ikuru. Also present was the Minister of Transport, represented by Mr. Sotonye Etomi; the Group GM Capacity Building & Nigerian Content, Mr. Ernest Nwapa; Regional Director Africa (Damen Shipyards, The Netherlands), Mr. Reinier Van Herel; the Iyase of Benin, Chief Sam Egbe and other Benin Chiefs; Managing Director, Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, Dr. Noble Abe; Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ben Acholonu; Commander of 2nd Brigade, Port Harcourt, Brigadier General L.B. Yusuf as well as some members of the Rivers House of Assembly, Commissioners and others.
Total’s delegation to the event was led by the DMD (Port Harcourt District) Mr. Roger Poirier, who was represented by EGM (Technical Services), Mr. Adebisi Otukoya. Other members of the delegation included, DGM (Technical Logistics) Mr. Olivier Cudenec; Authorization & Liaison Manager, Mr. Festus Ediae; Internal Communication Manager, Mr. Charles Ebereonwu; Onne Base Manager, Adewoye Akinyemi and other staff.