Malaysia’s first LNG-powered vessel shipbuilding
Focus Malaysia 15 Nov 2018 13:22
Malaysia is bound to set a key milestone in the maritime industry as leading integrated ship management brand, Synergy Marine (M) Sdn Bhd recently unveiled its collaboration with Malaysian companies, MTCMS Design Sdn Bhd and Shin Yang Shipping Corporation Berhad (through their subsidiary Shin Yang Shipyards Sdn Bhd) to design, build and deliver Malaysia’s first LNG-Powered Vessel Shipbuilding - set to revolutionise the Malaysian maritime sector.
Not only is the vessel the first in Malaysia and across Asia, she will also be the first to be built on Malaysian shores. Synergy Marine has taken on the challenge to invest in doing research and development for the evolution in ship design to the most advanced and high technology in 3D, which include Digital Twin Technology for the new vessel, complete with virtual reality technology for maintenance, safety drills, and training purpose.
With this vessel, Synergy Marine intends to service various global Oil & Gas companies who will reap the benefits of this illustrious vessel that not only complies to IMO regulation, but with the adoption of Green and High Technology vessel in their Oil & Gas operations, this vessel will save the fuel consumption in any Oil & Gas operations.
Dato’ Roslan Ahmad, Managing Director of Synergy Marine said that using liquefied natural gas or LNG fuel engine system will greatly reduce the emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter - which will make the environment greener and, at the same time, still complies with international maritime organisation.
“With our vast experience in marine and offshore business and operations coupled with extensive knowledge, wide working network and strong capability, caring for the environment is one of our core values, and we are taking the proactive step to lead and pioneer the Green Technology in offshore support vessels sector,” said Dato’ Roslan.
“After a long economic recession and global oil prices slump since 2016, currently we can see most of the Oil & Gas companies restart their explorations and productions campaign globally. This is a good sign as it shows that the maritime and shipping industries will grow again. Thus following this observation, we take the next step in this journey to be the most preferred Offshore Support Vessels provider supporting the Oil & Gas exploration and production with high business ethics to meet our customers’ satisfaction.”
With this new vessel measured at a length of 76.8 meters, breadth 19 meters, a deck capacity of 600 square meters, equipped with dual fuel engine system that is LNG and diesel fuel, this collaboration proved to be a significant milestone between Synergy Marine, MTCMS Design Sdn Bhd and Shin Yang Shipping Corporation Berhad, with developments in both High Technology and Green Technology. The three highly-reputable companies had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine their expertise in the development of Green Technology Vessel, witnessed by Tuan Hj. Ir. Ahmad Khairuddin Bin Ismail, Deputy Director General 2 (Operations) of Marine Department Malaysia.
“We are very proud to collaborate with both MTCMS Design and Shin Yang Shipping for our first LNG-powered vessel. For our new ship, the vessel propulsion system is designed using energy-saving engine, machinery and equipment for energy efficiency. Therefore, based on their expertise in ship design and using advanced Digital Twin Technology, we decided to engage MTMCS Design to be our ship designer, and to work with Shin Yang Shipping to build the vessel based on their expertise in shipbuilding of many Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) and their high capabilities and capacities in this area.
“With these track records strong in their profile combined with our robust historical activity in the shipping maritime sector, this pioneer agreement offers a major contribution to the development of a revolutionary LNG-powered vessel,” said Dato’ Roslan.
The schedule of keel laying will be in January 2019 and expecting to be completed by the fourth quarter of year 2020. After completion, this vessel would be available for contract charter from any Oil & Gas contractors and she will be used in particular for operations in the global market.