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    Keppel receives bonus for timely delivery

    Yard News // January 22, 2008

    Sea Apache is one of several AHTS Singmarine is building for GulfMark.

    Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd, has delivered its first project for 2008, on time, and with an excellent safety record.

    Keppel Singmarine received a bonus of US$10,000 for the timely delivery of Sea Apache, a 139-tonne bollard pull AHTS, to Gulfmark Offshore, with zero loss time incidents.

    Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman/CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine, said: "We are pleased to announce that all our major projects for 2007 were delivered on time to our customers despite the tight labour market and equipment supply crunch. Credit goes to the forward planning and hard work of our people at all levels and our sub-contractors. Thanks to our customers and our vendors for their support. Looking ahead, we remain committed to our promise of on-time, on-budget completion of high quality projects for our customers. "

    At the naming ceremony for Sea Apache, held recently, Martin Watts, Area Director for Gulf Marine Far East, a subsidiary of Gulfmark, said: “Keppel has once again achieved a first class production of our vessel. Sea Apache is the second delivery of a new class of vessels that we are very proud to add to our fleet. We are expecting four more deliveries this year, all from Keppel Singmarine.”

    Mr Hoe Eng Hock, Executive Director of Keppel Singmarine, said: "This vessel was delivered well on schedule despite late delivery of key equipment. Her performance during sea trials has also exceeded the design and contractual requirements for bollard pull and speed. We are very glad to play a part towards building Gulfmark’s fleet of over 60 offshore support vessels, and its continued expansion into the Southeast Asian offshore market.”

    Sea Apache is the second of a fleet of six vessels ordered by Gulfmark. Designed by Marine Technology Development (MTD), the ship R&D arm of Keppel O&M, she will be deployed in South East Asia.


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