Tiong Woon Crew Boat Successfully Delivered
Strategic Marine continues to be a dominant player in the crew boat market, delivering another 40 metre vessel into Malaysia from its Singapore shipyards to support the growing offshore oil industry.
The 'ASB MUTIARA 5' was handed over to Malaysia-based global infrastructure company, Tiong Woon, for a joint venture with ASB Maritime Resources (L) Ltd at the end of 2010.
The crew boat is now in operation in the Labuan oil fields in East Malaysia as part of the joint venture partners' marine transport operations and is the very first to be registered in the state of Kota Kinbalu.
Managing Director, Singapore Ron F. Anderson said this was the twelfth crew boat to be built at Strategic Marine's Singapore Shipyard for delivery to the Malaysian market.
"This project is an endorsement of Strategic Marine's commitment to design and delivery excellence and we are very confident this is the start of a long partnership with Tiong Woon and ASB Maritime Resources," Mr Anderson said.
"It is another step towards our goal of gaining market leadership in the crew boat market not only in Malaysia, but throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
"In order to meet this growth, our Singapore shipyard is undergoing a major expansion. Planning and approvals are almost complete for dredging the waterfront for a 3.5m draft at zero tide, the installation of finger piers for a 500 tonne mobile boat hoist and a new workshop and office extension which are expected to be completed before the end of 2011."
Tiong Woon Chairman, Mr K.H Ang said his company was extremely happy with the new crew boat and the role it has played in servicing the company's offshore marine transport services.
"The ASB MUTIARA 5 is a vessel of the highest quality and fits very well with our company's ethos to provide the best level of service to meet our customers' needs," Mr Ang said.
"It was delivered within deadline to exacting standards and our contacts at Strategic Marine kept us up-to-speed with the construction process at all times.
"We are looking forward to continue working with Strategic Marine to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the Malaysian oil and gas industry and I'm sure this will be the first of many vessels to service the Kota Kinabalu oil fields."
Tiong Woon is the only integrated services company in Asia which possesses heavy lift, heavy haulage, marine transport services and a fabrication yard. It specialises in oil and gas offshore platform construction, marine vessel fabrication, repair services and heavy steel module fabrication.
The ASB MUTIARA 5 can transfer up to 58 oil rig personnel at a comfortable cruising speed of 25 knots, powered by two Cummins KTA38 M2 engines and one Cummins KTA50 M2 engine.
The vessel can carry 55,000 litres of fuel and 25,000 litres of fresh water that can be transferred to rigs or other vessels.
Other projects underway at the Singapore shipyards include:
- Three 28m crew boats for PT Baruna, due for delivery in February, April and May 2011. This will add to the four 31m vessels delivered to PT Baruna in 2009.
- Three 16m high speed patrol boats for the Australian Federal Police to operate in Indonesian waters.
Strategic Marine is currently contracted for more than 250 vessels at its yards in Australia, Vietnam, Mexico and Singapore.