Keppel secures contract to build multipurpose ice-class vesselYard News // January 16, 2015
Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract from New Orient Marine Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Maritime Construction Services SA (Maritime Construction Services), for an ice-class multipurpose vessel worth about S$265 million.
Scheduled for completion in the middle of 2017, the vessel will be built to the proprietary design of Keppel O&M's ship design and development arm, Marine Technology Development (MTD).
Abu Bakar Mohd Nor, Managing Director of Keppel Singmarine, said: "We are glad to have the opportunity to support new customer Maritime Construction Services by building their first ice-class multi-purpose vessel.
"Over the years, Keppel Singmarine has built up a strong track record in specialised vessels, and we are pleased that Keppel's proprietary design in ice-class vessels remains in high regard within the industry. Moving forward, we will continue to invest in technology and work with MTD to be a leading solutions provider in this market."
Knut Reinertz, Director of Maritime Construction Services, said: "There is a demand for modern ice-class multi-purpose vessels in the market and we believe this new state-of-the art vessel we are building with Keppel Singmarine is ideally suited to meet this need.
"We are able to leverage our experience as operators and charterers, together with Keppel Singmarine's expertise and track record in the design and construction of ice-class vessels, to expand our service offerings with this kind of specialised vessel."
Designed to operate in ambient temperature as low as minus 30 degree Celsius, the vessel will have an Ice Class Arc 5 notation and capabilities such as Class 3 dynamic positioning and diving support functions.