Keppel to Deliver 3 Ice-Class Vessels to Bumi Armada
Specialized shipbuilder Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), is on track to deliver three ice-class vessels on schedule and with a perfect safety record to Bumi Armada Offshore Holdings Limited - a subsidiary of Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada) in September.
The vessels - two supply vessels and one multi-purpose duty-rescue vessel - were named Bumi Uray, Bumi Pokachi & Bumi Naryan-Mar respectively in a ceremony at Keppel Singmarine on 10 September 2015.
When delivered, these vessels will support offshore platforms at the Filanovsky oil field in the northern part of the Caspian Sea, off the coast of Russia, providing year-round services such as the delivery of cargoes, salvage, search and rescue functions, fire-fighting operations, and towing and tanker mooring operations.
Mr. Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Keppel O&M, said, “We are pleased to once again support Bumi Armada with three highly sophisticated vessels. We were able to leverage our expertise in ice-class technology and in-depth knowledge of the Caspian region to customise these three high specification ice-class vessels to suit their needs. We are confident that they will be a success in the harsh environments of the Caspian Sea.
“With the completion of the vessels, Keppel Singmarine would have delivered a total of 10 ice-class vessels, helping us to further strengthen our position in the specialised market of ice-class vessels.
“In building the vessels, we were able to maximise resources and increase efficiencies by harnessing the synergy of Keppel’s network of yards. Two of the 2 supply vessels were built at Keppel Nantong in China while the multi-purpose vessel was constructed in Keppel Singmarine’s yard in Singapore.”
The ice-class supply vessels and the multi-purpose duty rescue vessel are built to the MTD 8060-TS and MTD 8060-RV designs respectively, which are developed by Keppel O&M’s ship design and development arm, Marine Technology Development.
Keppel Singmarine was the first company in Asia to build icebreakers when it won the contract from LUKOIL-Kaliningradmorneft in 2006 to build two of such units. Apart from the three ice-class vessels that will be delivered to Bumi Armada, Keppel Singmarine is currently also constructing another ice-class multi-purpose vessel of its proprietary design for Maritime Construction Services SA.