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    Keppel clinches Brazilian shipbuilding contracts worth S$140 million

    Yard News // June 30, 2011

    Keppel Singmarine Brasil (KSM Brasil), Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M)'s new 7.6 hectare shipbuilding facility in the state of Santa Catarina, has secured two newbuild contracts worth about S$140 million from fleet operators in Brazil.

    The first contract entails building a series of six 45 tonne bollard pull twin-screw Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) harbour tugboats, for REBRAS - Rebocadores do Brasil SA (SMIT Rebras).

    In the second contract, the yard will construct a large-sized 4,500dwt PSV based on its proprietary MTD 9045P-DE design for Keppel O&M's Brazilian ship-owning arm, Guanabara Navegacao Ltda (GNL).

    This is the first vessel constructed under the company's business strategy of building offshore support vessels in anticipation of demand in Brazil, and such vessels will be offered for bare-boat charter or sale upon completion.

    The new facility in Brazil is also able to fabricate offshore steel structures and support major projects undertaken by Keppel's BrasFELS yard in Angra dos Reis.

    Mr Hoe Eng Hock, Executive Director of KSM Brasil shared, "Petrobras will need over 100 Brazilian-built offshore support vessels by 2020, to facilitate the exploration and development of the Santos Basin's deep water pre-salt fields. We see a growing market for purpose-built support vessels that can operate safely and efficiently offshore Brazil."

    The PSV is slated for completion in 2013 and has been custom-designed by Keppel's Marine Technology Development unit to meet the stringent requirements of Petrobras. The unique arrangement of the PSV's internal tanks and systems enable it to transport a wide combination of oil-based and water-based bulk cargoes for offshore exploration and production.

    The ABS-classed PSV is 94.2m long and has a breadth of 19.8m wide. It has deck space of 1,000m2 and can accommodate 26 crew members. Equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system and dynamic positioning (DP) 2 capability, the vessel will be well suited to operate in different offshore conditions.

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