NOT known to many, Malaysia has a premier shipyard and engineering corporation, Malaysia Shipyard and Engineering Sdn Bhd (MSE), which has charted an impressive track record as one of the major heavy maritime and engineering construction players on the domestic and international fronts.
Established almost 30 years ago and owned by a consortium of powerful shareholders Malaysian In- ternational Shipping Corp Bhd (43%), Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd (28.5%) and International Maritime Carriers Enterprise Inc (28.5%) MSE has successfully tapped into the highly challenging and niche business of shipbuilding, ship repair and engineering fabrication works for the oil and gas industry.
MSE chief executive officer Abd Rahim Abd Rahman said: Apart from our vision of being the premier shipyard of choice, the ultimate mission is to provide competitive world-class repair, building and fabricating facility to our customers.
MSEs shipyard, the largest in Malaysia, provides comprehensive facilities and is able to undertake complex repair and construction works to support all its business units.
Spread over 123ha in Pasir Gudang, Johor, its main facilities include the 450 deadweight tonne (dwt) very large crude carrier/large tanker graving dock, 140,000 dwt general purpose graving dock and the 50,000 dwt shiplift system capable of docking four ships on its land berths at any one time.
The shipyard has a seafront stretching 1.5km and the largest dry dock in the region, which recorded an achievement of having repaired more than 3,000 vessels to date, building 85 ships and constructing over 100 structures for the oil and gas industry.
MSE is planning to bid for more projects of similar nature this year despite anticipation of stiff competition from international players such as Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East, Rahim told StarBiz in Kuala Lumpur.
At the same time, he said, as a committed heavy industry player, MSE planned to invest further in the expansion of its key marine facilities and capabilities this year.
Rahim pointed out that the shipbuilding division in particular had built an excellent track record in the construction of various type of vessels including patrol vessel, chemical tanker, container vessel, product tanker, fishing vessel, offshore supply vessel and dredger.
To date, more than 85 vessels of various designs have been delivered to both international and local clients.
In terms of ship repair, Rahim said, the division had accomplished over 3,000 ship repair contracts to major oil companies and renowned ship owners in the area of general surveys, life extension works, jumboisation , major repairs and ship refurbishments.
He said that with the recent completion of the world's biggest 70,000 dwt shiplift repair facility to cater for smaller-sized vessels and having the region's first environmental friendly waste-to-energy power general plant to store and process oil slops and sludge, MSE's ship repair division had excelled to be the one-stop total service shipyard to ship owners.
As for its offshore and onshore engineering division, Rahim said MSE had managed to secure contracts from prestigious clients like Pe- troliam Nasional Bhd, Shell and Esso Production Malaysia Inc.
This division, started in 1978, has achieved progressive growth in offshore fabrication works such as living quarters, compression and power generation modules, production facilities and jackets for the offshore oil and gas industry.
One example of repeat customer for MSE was its recent contract worth US$35mil with Smedvig Asia Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of offshore drilling contractor Smedvig asa of Norway, to undertake the design and construction of a Smedvig T9 drill tender barge in Malaysia, which is slated for completion in 12 months.
The cooperation between Smedvig and MSE dates back to 1998 after securing a major upgrading contract for the T6 in preparation for a long-term contract with Petronas Carigali.
The project was well managed and delivered ahead of schedule. Cur- rently it is also working on a major upgrade of the Smedvig T4, which will start a long-term contract with Unocal Thailand in April this year.
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