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ASMI News 2005 : 3rd Quarter

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Jurong Shipyard Inked Contracts Worth US $804 Million to Build 6th Generation Semi-Submersible Rigs

 

JSL has clinched two contracts to build two 6th generation ultra-deep semi-submersible drilling rigs for a total of approximately US$804 million.

 

JSL has signed a Letter of Intent with a Norwegian company, PetroMena AS, to build a semi-submersible rig of US$400 million. Under the contract, JSL will build the 6th generation ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig based on the Friede & Goldman ExD-design. The construction contract will take effect in November 2005 with delivery scheduled between end 2009 and early 2010.

 

PetroMena AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian company, Larsen Oil & Gas (LOG), fully owned by Berge Gerdt Larsen. LOG acts as the business manager to Petrojack ASA and Petrolia Drilling ASA, two drilling companies listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Currently, Petrojack ASA has three units of the drilling jack up rigs under construction in Jurong Shipyard.

 

In another deal, JSL will build a second rig for SeaDrill Limited at a contract value of US$404 million. SeaDrill has exercised the option to build a second 6th generation ultra-deep semi-submersible drilling rig. The contract price is based on a turnkey contract with all owner-furnished equipment (OFE) including the 7,500 feet of riser and BOP. SeaDrill Ltd is a Bermuda-based company established in 2005 with an offshore drilling fleet of a total of 12 units plus two further options and strategic ownership positions in Ocean Rig and Apexindo.

 

The second unit of the semi-submersible rig, originally on a three-month option and effective October 2005, takes immediate effect with delivery scheduled in November 2008. In connection with the declaration of this option, SeaDrill has awarded Jurong Shipyard an additional option to build a third unit of the semi-submersible based on the same design and at comparable terms. This option takes effect in August 2006.

 

The 6th generation ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs are capable of operating in challenging deepwater arena. The rigs are also engineered for stability and versatility with operational displacement of 43,400 metric tons at 17 metres draft and 46,750 metric tons at 20 meters draft.

 

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Jaya Delivers AHTS Vessel M/V NOR STAR

Jaya Shipbuilding & Engineering has successfully delivered a 70-metre long 5,500 bhp Anchor Handling/Supply Vessel to NOR Offshore Pte Ltd (NOR Offshore). The vessel was named M/V Nor Star in a ceremony in September. NOR Offshore is a newly established offshore service company specializing in providing offshore vessels. The company is a joint venture company owned a third each by Solstad Offshore ASA, DOF ASA and Nortrans Invest Pte Ltd.

The state-of-the-art vessel, with a deadweight of 1,770 tonnes, is classed by ABS with notation of A1 (E) Towing, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1+AMS+DPS2. With a dynamic positioning system, its dimensions include a moulded depth of 6.1 metres, moulded breath of 14.95 metres and a maximum draft of 4.95 metres.

The vessel’s propulsion package includes a pair of Wartsila 6L26A engines which gives a maximum speed of 14 knots and bollard pull of 70.8 tonnes. Nor Star is able to accommodate 42 crew in air-conditioned cabins with built-in wet modules.

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Keppel FELS Clinched Several Repeat Jack-Up Orders 

Keppel FELS Ltd (KFELS) has inked several deals worth US$409 million of repeat orders to build new KFELS B Class jack-ups. The contract worth US$130 million for a second jack-up was clinched from Gulf Drilling International Ltd (GDI). Doha-based GDI is a 60/40 joint venture established in May 2004 by Qatar Petroleum and Japan Drilling Company.

This second jack-up, to be named GULF-5, will be delivered by end 2007.  The agreement for the first rig, GULF-4, was signed in December 2004. Both GULF-4 and GULF-5 are of Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B class design, and are suitable for operation in the Arabian Gulf and Indian waters. GULF-4 is currently under construction and due for delivery in end 2006.

In another agreement, KFELS will build a US$134 million jack-up, the second KFELS B Class jack-up rig for Awilco AS (Awilco). The latter has exercised its option under the first contract signed in February 2005 for the first rig. The latest jack-up rig will be customised to Awilco’s specific requirements. The rig is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2008.

The third agreement worth US$145 million was signed with Sinvest ASA for KFELS Super B Class jack-up rig, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Deep Drilling Invest Pte Ltd. This is Sinvest’s fourth KFELS Super B Class jack-up rig with KFELS. Delivery of the latest order is expected in the third quarter of 2008.

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Keppel FELS and J. Ray McDermott To Form JV To Provide Deepwater Solutions

Keppel FELS (KFELS) and J. Ray McDermott S.A (J Ray) are in the process of forming a new 50/50 joint venture company, to be named FloaTEC, LLC (FloaTEC), to provide deepwater and ultra deepwater oil and gas development solutions. J Ray is a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., while Keppel FELS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-listed Keppel Corporation Ltd through Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

Both KFELS and J Ray plan to draw upon the purchased patent rights previously owned by ABB for the Extended Tension Leg Platform and Single Column Floater designs. Combined with KFELS’ semi-submersible expertise and J Ray’s existing SPAR technology, FloaTEC will be in a unique position to provide a wide range of solutions for deepwater developments.

Both companies have developed unique technologies and capabilities over the years and command an attractive product portfolio, in particular within floating production solutions. J Ray is widely recognised for its marine construction and installation services while KFELS has a long history of client-focused production developments and deliveries of semis, floaters, jack-ups and specialized ships. The JV will strengthen the combined portfolios.

Apart from providing engineering solutions, FloaTEC will also offer full EPIC solutions for hull, topsides, mooring systems and risers by drawing on its parents’ global engineering, project management, fabrication and marine construction resources.

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Jurong Shipyard Achieved New Milestone with Christening of WAN HAI 311

Jurong Shipyard (JSL) achieved a new milestone in July 2005 with the christening of Wan Hai 311, the largest and most advanced container vessel designed and built in a Singapore shipyard. The 2,646 TEU newbuild is the first of six container vessels to be built for Wan Hai Lines (WHL). Wan Hai 311 will be deployed along the Intra-Asia and Transpacific trade routes.
 
The ship was constructed based on JSL’s proprietary design known as the Jubilee Class container vessel. Measuring 213m by 32.2m by 16.5m, Wan Hai 311 has a high service speed of 23 knots with high homogeneous container intake of more than 1,960 TEU at 14 tons per TEU. The vessel has the ability to load two tiers of high-cube containers in hold and can accommodate up to 2,646 TEU, including 1,688 TEU on deck and 958 TEU in hold. Additional features include a lashing bridge and an increase in container carrying capacity.

Leveraging on its experience and shipbuilding heritage, JSL’s foray into container shipbuilding commenced in 1997 with the construction of four units of 830 TEU series container ships based on the proprietary design developed by its in-house engineering department. The 830 TEU series has the ability to carry 568 TEU containers on deck and 263 TEU in the cargo hold.

Following the successful launch of the 830 TEU series, the shipyard then proceeded to construct six units of 1,100 TEU containerships with a service speed of 19.5 knots. It has since progressed to modify and enhance its design to build more sophisticated container vessels under the 2,500 TEU series. The success and strong demand for the 2,500 TEU series led to the launch of the 2,600 TEU series in 2004.

The remaining five sister containerships on order from WHL are currently undergoing various stages of construction in the shipyard. WHL is the largest Intra-Asia Liner in Asia. It operates a fleet of 66 containerships with total carrying capacity of 100,000 TEUs in 27 trade lanes and serving more than 21 countries.

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ASL Shipyard Secures S$60.3 Million Contracts for Newbuilds

ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd (ASL) has secured S$60.3 million worth of contracts for the construction of seven new vessels from new and existing customers in Europe. These comprise two Offshore Emergency Response & Rescue Vessels and five Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs. These vessels and tugs will be built in ASL’s shipyards in both Singapore and Batam.

Measuring about 45 metres by 11.5 metres, the two offshore rescue vessels will have a minimum speed of 12 knots. Each vessel has a diesel-electric propulsion system comprising two stern azimuth thrusters. Two electric driven bow thrusters will be incorporated to provide good sea-keeping characteristic. Each vessel is capable of taking onboard a few hundred survivors in any rescue operation. Both vessels are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2007.

The five tugs will have a speed in excess of 12 knots, and are designed for operation in the challenging waters of various international ports. The tugs will be equipped with external fire fighting capability. One tug will be delivered in the second half of 2006, while the remaining four are scheduled for delivery by the second half of 2007.

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Delivery of West Setia Places Keppel as Leader in Deepwater Drilling Tender Market

Keppel FELS (KFELS) delivered its latest semi-submersible drilling tender (SSDT) to Smedvig Tender Rigs Pte Ltd (Smedvig) in early August 2005. West Setia (‘Setia’ meaning ‘Loyal’) is the fourth of five SSDTs designed and built for Smedvig. The latter is a wholly owned subsidiary of leading offshore drilling contractor, Smedvig ASA of Norway. It is the largest operator of self-erecting tender rigs used for production drilling and well maintenance in Southeast Asia and West Africa.

The delivery firmly places KFELS as the leader and pioneer in the design and construction of purpose-built SSDTs for deepwater operations in harsher environments.
KFELS co-designed and built the first SSDT, West Pelaut, in 1994 as the world’s first purpose-built semi-submersible tender rig for production drilling for Brunei Shell. Two more SSDTs based on KFELS’ enhanced design, were subsequently built. They were West Menang and West Alliance.

West Setia, has been built to Keppel Offshore & Marine’s proprietary design, KFELS SSDT 3600-GOM-C42. Incorporating the latest technological advances, the six-column drilling tender has the flexibility for deployment in deeper waters and harsher environments. It carries a drilling derrick set and has cranage to deploy this derrick set onto production platforms. It also provides storage and accommodation facilities, and complements other drilling platforms.

Upon the delivery of West Setia, KFELS has also divested its entire 72% interest in the rig to Smedvig at an agreed purchase price of US$65 million (S$110 million). Under KFELS’ prior agreement with Smedvig in April 2004, the SSDT was to be owned and operated on a 72/28 basis respectively. Smedvig subsequently chose to exercise an option to purchase KFELS’ stake upon the delivery of the vessel.

West Setia is one of the first offshore rigs to be registered in Singapore since the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore opened its Singapore Registry of Ships to include offshore industry mobile units in January 2005. Like the three drilling tenders built earlier, West Setia will be deployed by Brunei Shell, as her maiden project.

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Keppel Divests Interest in Safe Concordia

KFELS has agreed to divest its stake in accommodation platform, Safe Concordia.
Under another agreement, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (KOM) will sell its entire 85% interest in the semi-submersible accommodation vessel, Safe Concordia, for US$84.5 million to Consafe Offshore AB (Consafe).

In an earlier agreement signed in February 2005, KOM and JCE Group (JCE) of Sweden invested in the US$95 million vessel on an 85/15 basis respectively, to be built by KFELS to KOM’s proprietary design and operated by Consafe. JCE has since transferred its rights and obligations to its wholly owned subsidiary, Consafe. The latter owns and operates a fleet of accommodation and construction service vessels for the international offshore oil and gas offshore market. Safe Concordia was delivered in March 2005 and is being deployed by ConocoPhillips at the Bayu-Undan field in East Timor under a short bareboat charter.

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SMOE and Sembawang Shipyard Complete Topside Facilities for ERHA FPSO

SMOE and Sembawang Shipyard (SSPL) have jointly completed their portion of the fabrication and integration of the topside facilities on one of the world’s largest Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels, ERHA FPSO. The FPSO will be located in offshore Nigeria in the Erha Field, operated by Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation.

The contract, awarded to SMOE in partnership with SSPL by Saipem S.A. in October 2002, was for the fabrication, integration, pre-commissioning and commissioning assistance of 14 modules of FPSO topside facilities weighing 17,000 metric tonnes, and integration of nine modules fabricated by others in Nigeria and Malaysia. The total integrated weight is approximately 30,000 metric tonnes and the flare structure towers at 115 meters high.

Designed for a service life of 25 years, ERHA FPSO will be installed in 1,200 metres of water and held in position by 12 mooring lines anchored in the seabed by suction piles. The FPSO is designed for continuous production, loading, storing and offloading, and for the separation of oil, gas and water. ERHA FPSO has a storage capacity of 2.2 million barrels of oil and 340 MMSCF gas injection and 90 KBD seawater injection capacity. The vessel hull, which was constructed in Korea, measures 285 meters in length, 63 meters in width and 33 meters in depth. The FPSO can accommodate up to 100 personnel.

During the construction of the topside facilities, the SMOE-SSPL team achieved their highest safety record for FPSO projects of more than 10 million man-hours without any Lost Time Injury. SSPL also received the ASPA Silver Award for this project from the Ministry of Manpower, at the recent ASPA (Annual Safety Performance Awards) Presentation ceremony held in July 2005.

A sailaway ceremony was held on 14 September in Singapore to celebrate the successful completion of the FPSO topside project. On arrival in offshore Nigeria, the FPSO will be permanently installed as the offshore terminal for the Erha field. The Erha main development is expected to produce 150,000 barrels of oil and process 315 MMSCF of natural gas per day. First oil from the Erha field is projected in the first half of 2006.

SMOE is the offshore engineering arm of SembCorp Utilities and wholly-owned subsidiary of SembCorp Industries. It specializes in the engineering, design and procurement, construction and installation of offshore platforms and floating facilities for the global oil and gas industry. SMOE is currently executing its fourth mega FPSO project – a fabrication and integration contract for 32,000 metric tonnes of FPSO topside facilities for ConocoPhillips China and a turnkey contract for a 7,000 metric tonnes Riser Platform for PTT Public Company Ltd of Thailand.

SSPL, a wholly-owned shipyard of SembCorp Marine, has one of the largest integrated ship repair facility in Southeast Asia. In addition to major drydocking work for a regular clientele, other significant projects currently undertaken by SSPL include the design and construction of a self-propelled DP2 heavy lift derrick pipelay vessel and the mega FPSO project for ConocoPhilips China, jointly with SMOE. SSPL is also the exclusive alliance shipyard for Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (UK), BP Shipping (UK), BHP Billiton (Australia) and Jo Tankers AS (Norway), for the repairs and refits of their fleets in the Far East.

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Keppel Delivers Jack-Up Rig 18 Days Early

Keppel FELS (KFELS) has delivered a KFELS B Class jack-up rig to the National Drilling Company of Abu Dhabi (NDC) 18 days ahead of schedule. NDC is a leading drilling contractor and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

The early delivery was achieved amid KFELS’ heavy order book. The rig has also pulled off a zero-accident safety record during its more than two million man-hours of construction.

Al-Hail is NDC's first newbuild jack-up in 20 years. It is also the first KFELS B Class jack-up customised to meet NDC's requirements for a cost-effective rig. With leg lengths of 307 feet, Al-Hail is tailored specifically for operations in benign Middle East conditions of water depths down to 150 feet. The rig is equipped with Keppel's proprietary jacking and fixation system with fully automated control functions developed by KFELS’ research and technology arm, Offshore Technology Development.

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Major Refurbishment of VOLVOX ASIA Carried out at Pan-United Marine

Volvox Asia, owned by Van Oord ACZ B.V., recently underwent major steel work repair and other refurbishment work at Pan-United Marine Limited (PUM). The Trailing Hopper Suction Dredger had docked at the shipyard previously for other repair works. However, the latest repair and refurbishment work was by far the most extensive work carried out to date on the vessel.

With a length of 138 metres and breadth of 26 metres, Volvox Asia was designed with a hopper capacity of 10,000 cubic metres. PUM carried out pre-fabrication of major steel structures before the vessel’s arrival in the yard.

Works carried out on the dredger included the adding of a bulbous bow, replacement of two old 400 kW bow thrusters with new ones of 950 kW and overhauling of gearboxes and main engines. The main frame was also strengthened to increase the dredging draught. Renewal of the bow coupling on the forecastle deck and dredge pump gearboxes in the pump room were also carried out. The discharge pipe was enlarged from a diameter of 900mm to 1,000mm and the hopper loading line also underwent modification from frame 71 to frame 133.

In addition, the accommodation on board was upgraded. The laundry, drying room, wash space and hospital on the Hopper Deck were relocated. Existing 4-men cabins were converted to 2-men cabins. On the main deck, the crew’s saloon was converted to a changing room and laundry. The space previously occupied by the gymnasium on the Tween Deck was also converted to become a store, fitness room, electrical office and bar.

Other works carried out included the modification of the cooling water layout in the technical space. The seawater cooling pumps were replaced and freshwater coolers relocated from the engine room to the technical space foreship. Installations of a new crane on the forecastle deck and a new platform for the MOB boat at the port side were also carried out. The extensive works on Volvox Asia were completed successfully and the vessel sailed off in late June 2005.

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Foul Release Coatings Gaining Wider Acceptances Among Shipowners

Foul Release coatings (FRC), an alternative to the more traditional marine paint has been gaining wider market acceptance among owners of ships and offshore platforms, especially with the rise of bunker fuel costs in the last two years. The key reasons are that FRC are more environmentally friendly and more cost-efficient with savings in fuel, dry-docking, treatment and waste disposal costs.

Marine paints are critical in preventing rust and corrosion when steel hulls are immersed in seawater. These paints also perform an important function, anti-fouling, which prevents the growth of sea barnacles, algae and weeds on the hull. Controlling the growth of marine fouling on underwater hulls is essential as such growth can reduce vessel speed and increase fuel costs.

The most common approach of anti-fouling systems is to use combinations of biocides. Biocide-based paints have been in use for decades and they work by slowly releasing biocides from the surface of the coating into seawater over time to deter growth of organisms on the hull. The newer and more novel approach to fouling control is to use FRC, which will make the surface ‘non-stick’ to prevent fouling attachment without the use of biocides. Foul release technology provides an ultra smooth, slippery, easy clean surface with potential reductions in average hull roughness through careful application.

The concept of non-biocidal paint systems was first considered in the 19th century. It was not until the discovery of the fouling control properties of silicones that FRC were developed successfully. International Paint (IP) has two Foul Release products – Intersleek 425 for high-speed coastal vessels, which operate at speeds in excess of 30 knots, and Intersleek 700 for deep-sea high activity scheduled vessels.

IP’s Intersleek products are environmentally compliant as they are free from TBT or tin, copper and any added biocide. There is also no restriction on worldwide application and the coating has a lower Volatile Organic Content than biocidal paints. Other proven benefits of the Intersleek system include its chemical durability, excellent colour retention, as well as its easy clean and non-biocidal surface which would mean reduced wash water treatment and waste disposal costs at subsequent dry-dockings.

According to IP, its customers with vessels applied with Intersleek have also reported an additional bunker fuel savings between 5 to 8% when compared with vessels applied with conventional tin-free anti-fouling coating. To date, 114 vessels have been applied with Intersleek, including 25 vessels coated in Singapore shipyards. These comprised 16 container vessels, one liquefied gas carrier, five LNGs, two Ro-Ros and one tanker.
IP is currently trialling the third generation of FRC for vessels doing less than 15 knots. This is still biocide free and works on the non-stick principle but is a completely different technology.

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Happenings

14th ASMI Golf Championship Tournament

Held on 19 August at the Raffles Country Club, the 14th ASMI Golf Championship Tournament demonstrated once again its popularity among members and their guests. A total of 164 participants took part in this year’s tournament. Overwhelming response from members resulted in additional six flights being played on the second course simultaneously. For the first time, the tournament was played on two courses, both the Lake and Palm courses.

The golfers started streaming in from 11.30am for registration. A flurry of activity was seen at the Registration Counter as members and their guests checked their handicaps and collected their goody bags. Greetings were exchanged, friendships strengthened and new contacts made. The excellent weather coupled with the high spirits of the golfers heightened the pre-competition adrenaline. Following the light lunch at the Golfers’ Terrace, players proceeded to assemble at the buggy station. Before long, the area was swarmed with players checking out their clubs and buggies, and getting ready to set off for the tee-off. 

After more than three tiring but rewarding hours, the golfers returned well-tanned and basking in the after-glow of their game. A pre-dinner cocktail session at the Raffles Lounge helped to cool down the players before they gathered at the Shanshui Palace Restaurant for an 8-course Chinese dinner.

Results of the golf tournament were announced during dinner. The players had been grouped into three divisions based on their handicaps. The first prize for Division ‘A’ went to Mr Takayuki Kandor, a guest of Synthesis Pte Ltd. The top spots for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Divisions were won by Mr Yeo Yue Ngiap of Keppel FELS and Mr Norman Ng of LH & MH Engineering respectively. Mr Peter Ong from Career Marine bagged the most coveted title of the tournament, the ‘Overall Champion’.

In addition to the prizes for the three divisions, novelty prizes such as the ‘Ball Sweep’, ‘Nearest-to-Pin’, and ‘Nearest-to-Line’ were also presented. A Lucky Draw was also held, and as in the past years, all players won prizes during the ASMI tournament. The annual golf tournament was also well sponsored by a number of generous members who contributed cash and items for the goody bags, trophies and tournament prizes.

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Centre for Maritime Studies Set Up in NUS

A new university-level research agency, the Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS), has been set up in the National University of Singapore (NUS). This centre will focus its research on the commercial maritime sector and serve as a platform for maritime research and analysis for both the industry and academia. It will provide research capabilities and timely analysis which would be useful to industry participants as well as support the formulation of government policy.

The setting up of this Centre fits into the government’s strategy to turn Singapore into an International Maritime Centre. Speaking at the launching of the CMS held on 29 June at the NUS, the Minister for Transport, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, remarked, “The port and maritime sector is an important pillar of the Singapore economy, accounting for 7 per cent of our GDP and providing some 120,000 jobs today. Our vision is to continue to grow this pie by developing a cluster of shore-based services, so as to enhance Singapore’s value to the shipping community.”

The CMS will combine the expertise of academia and industry to develop commercial research and expertise, an area that is currently still lacking in Asia.

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Launch of UGS 4th Year B.Eng Course in Singapore

The Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde (UGS) has jointly launched the 4th Year of the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) Course in Singapore. The course will be jointly delivered by the Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, a joint department of the UGS. These two universities are among the premier institutions of study for maritime courses.

The UGS was approached by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to make available the fourth year of the course to be held in Singapore. Prior to this, students who graduated from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma in Ship and Marine Technology or Singapore Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture courses, and who met the academic requirements, could apply for the 4th Year B.Eng course conducted in Glasgow.

With the fourth year now made available in Singapore, students have the option to pursue their degree here or in Glasgow. The same curriculum will be used for both locations and examinations will also be held at the same time. For many classes, the same lecturers will also be assigned. This initiative will provide a boost to the Advanced and Specialist Diploma programmes in the two polytechnics. It will also encourage and expedite the training and upgrading of naval architects and marine engineers for the marine, offshore and maritime industry in Singapore.

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Training & Information

Seven ASMI Member Companies Received ASPA Awards

Seven ASMI member companies received a total of 56 commendations from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) at its Annual Safety Performance Awards 2005 ceremony held on 20 July. They received eight Silver Awards and 48 Certificates of Merit for their safety achievements at their respective workplaces. These seven companies were Jurong Shipyard, Keppel FELS, Keppel Shipyard, Keppel Singmarine, Sembawang Shipyard and SMOE.

The ASPA gives recognition to factories that have performed well in safety through the implementation of sound safety management systems. There are four categories of awards – the OSH Excellence Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Certificate of Merit. The award eligibility criteria was tightened in 2005 to ensure that ASPA remains prestigious and relevant to meet the improvements made in OSH performance and Safety Management System by the factories.

For shipyards, the awards were presented at the company level or on a project basis. To qualify, the company must have attained at least 100,000 accident-free man-hours worked over a period of at least 60 consecutive days in 2004 and has no fatal or permanent disablement case or any stop work order during the period under assessment. For project basis, the project must attain at least 100,000 accident-free man-hours over a period of not less than 60 consecutive days in 2004. The shipyard’s safety performance in terms of accident frequency and severity rates must be equal or better than the industry’s average. There should be no fatal or permanent disablement case, no accident to any employee with one or more days MC and no confirmed notifiable industrial diseases during the year in assessment.

During the Awards Presentation Ceremony, guest-of-honour, Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Manpower, said that the MOM is changing their approach to achieve a quantum improvement in Singapore’s OSH standards. Companies would “need to focus on risk management and replace prescriptive rules with performance based regulations. To enhance personal accountability and increase ownership for safety standards by management, we will also need to appropriately ascribe liability and increase penalties for poor safety management”. Dr Ng added that “Top Managers … must continue to provide leadership to make safety a priority on the ground, and drive occupational safety and health programmes and initiatives.”

Of the 56 awards received by ASMI members, three were presented at the company level while the rest were presented on project basis. A total of 382 applications from various industries were received by MOM and 250 awards were presented this year.

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160 Pre-U Students Visit Shipyards Under ASMI's Industry Outreach Programme

ASMI continues to organise shipyard excursions for students under its industry’s outreach programme. Some 160 Pre-University 2 students from the Millennia Institute visited the shipyards on 20 July 2005 under the school’s Learning Journey Programme.

The students were split into three groups for the simultaneous visit to three shipyards on the same day. The host yards were Jurong Shipyard, Sembawang Shipyard and Singapore Technologies Marine. During the visit, the students were introduced to the Singapore marine industry, its strengths and capabilities as well as its career opportunities and prospects.

Following the corporate presentation by the host yard, the students toured the facilities including the docks, workshops and the Engineering Design offices. They also participated in a short quiz on the marine industry, prepared by their teachers specifically for the visit.

The shipyard tour left an indelible impression on the 17 and 18-year-olds. They were impressed by the scale of the yards’ operations and the huge works-in-progress in the docks. The students also showed interest in the sophisticated design software and technologies used by the design engineers. In one of the yards, a 3-D animated presentation of a piping room was also screened. One student remarked, “The talks and tour have opened my eyes to what the world-class marine industry is capable of.”

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ASMI Participates in Career Fair at Jurong Secondary School

The Association was invited by Jurong Secondary School to participate in its Career and Education Fair. Held on 26 August in the school’s premises at Yuan Ching Road, the fair was organised to expose the graduating students to the array of further education options and career opportunities available to them.

ASMI took advantage of the opportunity to introduce the marine industry to the secondary four students attending the fair. ASMI’s Executive Director Winnie Low, gave an overview of the marine industry. She also highlighted the career challenges and opportunities offered by the industry. A mini-exhibition was also put up by
ASMI and other participating organisations to supplement the information provided during the various presentations. The other organisations present included the Health Science industry, junior colleges, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education.

ASMI’s participation in the school’s career fair was carried out as part of the Association’s on-going outreach efforts to raise greater awareness of the local marine and offshore industry among Singaporeans. Students from secondary schools, junior colleges, ITEs and tertiary institutions are key target groups of its image enhancement campaign and industry outreach programme. Besides career guidance talks and participation in career fairs, school excursions to shipyards are also conducted by ASMI to interest the younger Singaporeans to consider a career in the industry.  

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Marine Place and Train Recruitment Fair

In a continuous effort to attract more locals to join the marine industry at the tradesmen level, ASMI held a Place and Train (PnT) Recruitment Fair on 17 August. The Fair, co-organised jointly with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) was held at the NTUC Centre. This was the 3rd run of the PnT programme conducted by ASMI since the Marine Re-skilling for Employment Programme (MariNE) was first launched on 28 May 2004. 

The job fair kicked off with three presentations on MariNE, the new Re-Employment Support Scheme (RESS) as well as an overview of the Singapore marine industry and the five core marine trades. The job seekers present also sought out more information on the nature of work and jobs available in the various shipyards at the mini-exhibition put up by the participating shipyard recruiters.

On-the-spot interviews were also conducted for interested job seekers. They were interviewed by a team of human resource, training and operation personnel from the various shipyards. These applicants were evaluated for their suitability to be trained as marine tradesmen under the PnT programme. Successful candidates would have to undergo an 8-week practical skills training course and sit for the relevant Skills Evaluation Test.

PnT participants are also entitled to an incentive grant of S$1,800 under the RESS scheme administered by the NTUC. The grant will be disbursed to the PnT worker in five tranches over a period of 18 months.  

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ASMI Scholarship Awards 2005

ASMI together with its members has been offering scholarships to students in various engineering courses since 1987. The ASMI scholarship scheme started that year with students in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering diploma programme in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). Recognising the need to draw talents from other related engineering fields into the industry, the scholarship scheme was expanded to include students from the Electrical Engineering (EE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) courses.

In 2000, the scholarship scheme was extended to students in the marine engineering, EE and ME courses in Singapore Polytechnic (SP). In 2002, the ASMI-Marine and Offshore Technology (MOT) Scholarship was introduced to attract promising and outstanding ‘O’ Level students to enrol in the MOT diploma programme in NP. In a bid to increase the pool of scholars for the marine industry, a similar scholarship, the ASMI-Marine Engineering (MER) scholarship was subsequently introduced in SP to attract students enrolling in the MER diploma course.

That same year, through the facilitation of the Economic Development Board, a new undergraduate scholarship was introduced for mechanical engineering students in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The ASMI-Marine & Offshore Undergraduate (MOU) scholarship is open to final year students taking up the marine & offshore engineering specialization.

This year, ASMI members awarded 53 scholarships worth $1.36 million to the diploma students and undergraduates. 44 scholarships were awarded to the diploma students in both polytechnics. Nine undergraduates received the ASMI-MOU Scholarship. Since 1987 to date, a total of 416 scholarships amounting to some $4.6 million have been awarded under the various ASMI scholarship schemes. The scholarship schemes have helped to nurture a group of young, driven and committed individuals for the marine industry.

ASMI Scholarships

Scholarship Scheme Value of Award Courses of Study Institution
ASMI Scholarship S$5,000 per annum
  • Marine and Offshore Technology
  • Marine Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic 
  • Singapore Polytechnic
ASMI Marine and Offshore Technology Scholarship S$10,000 per annum for 3 years
  • Marine and Offshore Technology
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ASMI Marine Engineering Scholarship
S$10,000 per annum for 3 years
  •  Marine Engineering 
  • Singapore Polytechnic
ASMI MOU Scholarship Scheme  S$10,000
  • Mechanical Engineering - Marine & Offshore Engineering Specialization
     
  • Nanyang Technological University

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ASMI To Form National Pavilions at Several Exhibitions in 2006

The Association will be organising Singapore’s participation in a number of upcoming local and overseas maritime exhibitions next year. These will include Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) 2006, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2006 and Posidonia 2006.

Grants from the International Enterprise Singapore have been approved for eligible companies participating in these exhibitions under the Singapore Pavilion. Members interested in joining the Singapore Pavilion in any of these exhibitions are to contact ASMI Secretariat at Tel: 6270 4730 or by email at asmi@pacific.net.sg.

Asia Pacific Maritime 2006

The ninth edition of the Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) Exhibition will run from 22 to 24 March 2006 at the Singapore Expo Hall 3. The biennial exhibition will showcase a line-up of cutting-edge maritime products and services that encompasses marine engineering and port technology for the Asia Pacific market.

Country pavilions to be featured in this show will include those from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Norway, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Some of the highlights of APM 2006 include the Asian Shipbuilding Symposium, Shipowners’ Pavilion, ICHCA International Biennial Conference 2006 and a Maritime Fashion Show of exhibitors’ products and services. APM’s organiser, Reed Exhibitions, is expecting about 5,000 visitors to attend the exhibition which will cover a total area of 10,000 square metres.
For more information on Asia Pacific Maritime, please visit www.apmaritime.com.

2006 Offshore Technology Conference

Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is one of the largest conference and exhibition in the global offshore oil and gas industry. The 2006 show will take place from 1 to 4 May 2006 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, USA. The OTC will feature the latest technology, best practices, emerging trends and proven methods in the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.

The annual event attracts participation from more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying some 400,000 net square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. An attendance of 50,000 participants from some 110 countries is expected to gather in Houston for this premier event. For more information on Offshore Technology Conference, please visit www.otcnet.org/2006.

Posidonia 2006

Posidonia 2006, one of the world’s largest shipping industry trade events, will be held from 5 to 9 June 2006 at the Piraeus Exhibition Centre in Piraeus, Greece. The 20th edition of the biennial exhibition will profile shipbuilders, equipment manufacturers and maritime service providers from more than 70 countries. The event is well sponsored and supported by the Greek shipping community and major Greek maritime associations.

The 2004 show saw a total of 16,338 Greek and international visitors ranging from ship owners and ship brokers, to ship builders, equipment and machinery manufacturers and service providers. A total of 1,662 international companies participated in the exhibition. Ten companies participated together under the Singapore Pavilion in Posidonia 2004. For more information on Posidonia, please visit www.posidonia-events.com.

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Maritime Industry Attachment Programme

The Maritime Industry Attachment Programme (MIAP) is an incentive programme initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to encourage the attachment of tertiary students in the maritime industry. The MIAP was set up in July 2004 together with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to promote maritime careers and develop maritime manpower at the graduate level. It provides opportunities and incentives for students to experience the maritime industry first-hand through attachments as well as to work on maritime-related projects.

Under MIAP, grants and awards will be given to students who come up with, and undertake innovative project ideas to promote R&D in maritime related fields. The MIAP consists of the Student Attachment Allowance, Maritime R&D Project Idea Prizes and Student Research Project

Student Attachment Allowance – This is an additional attachment allowance for undergraduates undertaking Industrial Attachment, Professional Attachment or Professional Internship in maritime companies and/or working on maritime related projects. Only Singapore citizens and permanent residents may apply for this allowance. Students will receive additional top-up allowance during their period of attachment.

Maritime R&D Project Idea Prizes – These are cash prizes awarded for good and innovative R&D maritime project ideas. Students are encouraged to propose and submit, at the end of their attachment, maritime R&D project ideas that could be extended to their Final Year projects or post-graduate research projects.  

Student Research Project Grants – These grants are given in the form of cash top-up towards the project funds for suitable Student Research Projects to help defray the cost for consumables incurred for the project. The scheme is available for students working on Final Year Projects or Graduate Research Projects for maritime applications.

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Feature

New Man at ASMI's Helm - Michael Chia

Mr Michael Chia was elected as President of the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) in the 36th ASMI Annual General Meeting held on 31 May 2005 at The Pines. He took over the association’s helm from Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, who was president for the last eight years before stepping down from the position.

Mr Chia is no stranger to the Association and industry members. He has been a member in the ASMI Council for 12 years. Prior to his appointment as the industry captain, he has served as the Vice President of the Association for many years. In 2004, Mr Chia was presented the ASMI Meritorious Gold Award for his invaluable services to the Association and contributions to the local marine industry.

Interview with New ASMI President, Mr Michael Chia

Deanne Choo of ASMI NEWS spoke to the new President, Mr Michael Chia, on his agenda and plans for the Association. Mr Chia also shared his thoughts on the future direction and challenges faced by the local marine industry.

Deanne: You have just taken over as President of ASMI. What is your agenda for ASMI?

Mr Chia:   ASMI is a well-established organisation representing the various participants of the marine and offshore industry in Singapore. Its emphasis has been to promote the Industry while spearheading initiatives to address common areas relating to safety, manpower and training. The Association represents a common voice to the various governmental agencies on these issues.  Through various social activities, the Association also fosters a spirit of fraternity amongst its members. These areas will continue to remain as the main emphasis of ASMI, especially when the industry is facing an unprecedented period of high business activities.

One of the new areas that ASMI will focus on is enhancing the image of the Industry in order to attract more new entrants into the industry. We would have to make this industry and its world-class capabilities and achievements more visible to the local population especially among the young as we need to train up a new generation of potential leaders and workers to prepare for the industry’s next lap. There is no doubt to us within the industry but also to those outside as well, that the marine industry is here to stay.

Deanne: What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Association? How can these strengths be enhanced and weakness improved upon?

Mr Chia: The industry has been around for the last 37 years. It has contributed to the good cooperation amongst its members. The unity of our members in tackling common industry problems has been exemplary. Members have cooperated in areas such as safety, manpower development, training, productivity and industry promotion. There has been a lot of mutual sharing of ideas and experience and this has benefited the industry as a whole and helped to raise its safety and efficiency levels. ASMI has served as a catalyst in many of these instances. Some government agencies whom we worked closely with have commented on this strong cooperation within the industry. This is truly one of our strengths – we feel we all share a common destiny. We need to build up on this ability to work together and learn from one another, and increase our cooperation in areas which were previously considered to be OBs.

The make-up of the Association is another of our strengths. We have members from the shipyards as well as members from the marine supporting industries and sub-contractors. This wide representation of the Association is reflective of the industry’s make-up. It reinforces the industry’s strength as a comprehensive and integrated marine and offshore cluster that is hard to duplicate. The Association is very fortunate to have a pool of very supportive industry leaders in the various members’ companies.

If there is any weakness, it is that as an industry association, we have to take care of all our members’ interests. This means that at times, decisions may take a longer time to be reached. The ASMI Council comprises top management representatives from both shipyards and companies in the supporting industries. They are men of vision and passion for the industry. The Council provides the platform for us to come together to discuss issues and reach a common ground.   
 
Deanne: The marine and offshore industry is in a dynamic global environment that is constantly evolving. What kind of new challenges will the industry face in the immediate, mid and longer terms?

Mr Chia: The marine and offshore industry is here to stay. It has survived and thrived amidst the ups and downs over the last three decades. It has been able to do so because it has kept up with time and made itself relevant to the market. The industry will continue to face new challenges boldly. Some of these challenges include Singapore’s unique set of issues such as labour shortage and a more affluent workforce as well as external factors of price competition from China and the Middle East.     

Deanne: What is on your wish list for the industry?

Mr Chia: The industry is currently enjoying a period of unprecedented growth and this is indeed a good time for us to embark on our image enhancement campaign. Well, I certainly hope to see more youngsters taking up the career challenges offered by the marine industry. Within the industry, my wish is to see greater synergy and cooperation between the major shipyards and their contractors and suppliers.

 However, my most ardent wish is to see that work in the industry is carried out safely without any lost time accident. It is important that we continue to improve our workplace safety and strive for zero accident as we owe it to ourselves and our colleagues working with us that we can all go home safely each day.

Deanne: What can young men and women expect of a career in the industry? How would you encourage them to join the industry?

Mr Chia: There is no shortage of challenge for the young in this industry. The marine and offshore industry is a homegrown industry. Yet, it has today spread its wings beyond Singapore to the faraway places like Brazil, USA and Caspian.  The industry employs many different disciplines and skills and is a place where one can start at a low level and progress upwards to be either a specialist or be involved in general management.

There are many opportunities for continual learning in our fast-paced and vibrant industry, as we have to constantly keep up with new technologies. There are also opportunities to be plugged into an international arena as our members operate globally with customers coming from all over the world and we have operation facilities in many parts of the world.

Lately, we have been promoting the industry in the schools, polytechnics and tertiary institutions. The Association, with the support of members, has also offered many scholarships both at the polytechnic and university levels, to our young people.

Deanne: How has the industry changed since you first joined the industry?

Mr Chia: The industry has attained world recognition. We have moved from just being a ship repair location to a major ship repair centre, the number one FPSO conversion centre and world’s leading offshore rigbuilding centre. This is in part a result of the many programmes that the industry has put in place - namely, safety, productivity, skills training, R&D. In particular, safety standards have improved by leaps and bounds guided by dynamic industry leaders who lead in the mindset change that safety in the workplace is of paramount importance. You will see that in our shipyards and marine workshops today, ‘Safety’ is one of the top core values. Major capital investments have also gone into building up and expanding the facilities and upgrading them with the latest technology and processes. The industry has also moved from being just a low-end service provider to one that is capable of providing design, engineering and project management solutions to our customers. The industry has shown its ability to execute and deliver very complex projects to world-class standards. 

Deanne:    You have been in this industry for 29 years. Is this the first and only industry that you have worked in to date? What makes you stay in this industry for so long?

Mr Chia: Yes, I started work in this industry after completion of national service. I still feel the freshness in going to work every day as each day brings new challenges and excitement.  We are tackling multi-million dollar projects, handling an international clientele, doing novel things, seeing satisfaction in our customers’ eyes. Things in this industry are not static - the latest in information technology and electronics are applied to some of our products and processes. Even after 29 years, there is still a lot of learning to do. I suppose it is the achievement that you get from working with a great team to deliver world-class products and services that keeps you going. 

Mr Michael Chia is also the Executive Director of Keppel FELS Limited. A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding (First Class Honors) from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, U.K. in 1974. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore in 1987.

Mr Chia is currently a member of the Marine & Offshore Technology Advisory Committee in Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Ministry of Manpower’s Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety & Health for the Shipbuilding and Ship repairing Industry. He is also a member of the Board of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

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