Friday, June 25th, 2010
Strategic Marine has delivered a 48.5 metre landing craft which will service the Australian offshore oil and gas industry and major projects including the multi-billion Gorgon Project.

The vessel, built for local Western Australian marine operations company Bhagwan Marine, will be used in Western Australian’s north-west hydrocarbon province and has been designed by International Maritime Consultants, to accommodate for low incline beach landings.

The craft’s design features a low angle bow to enable heavy equipment to be driven over the ramp door and with a 12.8 metre beam, the vessel can accommodate up to ten 20-foot containers with a maximum payload of 400 tonnes.

Although a multi-cargo vessel, it will be primarily used to transfer building and construction equipment in the areas around Dampier, Onslow and Barrow Island while an added advantage is its economical fuel consumption of about 150 litres per hour at 10 knots cruising speed.

The vessel, named “Bhagwan Shaker” after its sister vessel “Bhagwan Mover”, was built at Strategic Marine’s largest shipyard at Vung Tau in Vietnam which General Manager (Vietnam) Michael McCourt said highlighted the shipbuilder’s capabilities.

“This project provided Strategic Marine with a great opportunity to showcase its management systems and our ability to integrate strong technology in our builds and transfer this between our expatriate and local workforce,” Mr McCourt said.

“These systems have been further enhanced by recent appointments in a number of senior management roles and we expect this will carry us even further forward on the path of continuous improvement.”

Strategic Marine will also build a second 40 metre crew boat on speculation after the first 40 metre crew boat the company built on speculation was purchased by Tiong Woon.

Tiong Woon is a leading one-stop, integrated services specialist and provider of infrastructure businesses, supporting mainly the oil and gas, as well as petrochemical, power and construction sectors.

Tiong Woon is headquartered in Singapore and has operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Phillipines, China and Saudia Arabia.

Like the first 40 metre vessel, due for delivery around October 2010, the second 40 metre vessel will incorporate a central deck house with seating for 50 rig crew and will reach speeds of 25 knots.

It will be a sister ship to 14 similar vessels delivered to a number of clients over the past five years.

Strategic Marine’s Vietnamese yard, which has the capability to construct large steel vessels, is due to launch a second 143m dive support vessel in July.

The company is currently contracted for more than 25 vessels at its yards in Australia, Vietnam and Mexico and Singapore, equating to approximately $100 million (AUD) worth of orders.

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