The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, a 105-km pipeline linking Albania and Italy as part of the Southern Gas Corridor, has been completed.

Over the past five years, German Albanian Logistics Agency (GALA) – a part of the EMS-Fehn-Group – provided agency and logistics services for more than two thirds of the vessels involved in the construction of the pipeline. This amounts to 36 ships, 87 port calls and 849 crew changes. The Durres-based shipping agent worked with local authorities handling Customs and permits for its clients, while supplying specialised machinery and personnel. The agency also managed a significant number of oversize transports with trucks and vessels within Albania and beyond its borders.

Other members of the EMS-Fehn Group also worked on the project. EMS Albanian Port Operator (EMS APO) provided services and its East Terminal at the port of Durres. There, a total of 145,000 tonnes of project cargo was handled during the course of the programme – the major part of it being 135,000 tonnes of pipes. EMS Chartering provided support by helping to handle the cargo.

”We are proud to have contributed to the TAP project with a flawless record,“ said GALA’s managing director Fation Dervishi. “Always on time and on budget, we ensured smooth operations in a safe environment.”

EMS-Fehn-Group’s ceo Manfred Müller added: “For us, the TAP project has been an outstanding team effort, especially strengthening our position as a full-service logistics supplier in the Balkans.”