Strategic Marine delivers first vessel under new ownership, while securing newbuild contracts for the offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors
Singapore’s Strategic Marine (S) Pte Ltd, part of Strategic Marine Holdings Pte Ltd, recently delivered a 40-m fast crew boat (FCB) to Centus Marine.
Built as part of Strategic Marine’s stock programme, the FCB, named Centus Eight, completed sea trials in January, receiving positive feedback from owner Centus Marine for completing the project under a tight deadline despite Covid-19 precautions.
“The [Strategic Marine] team has adapted quickly to the safe management measures required due to the pandemic and adjusted their working schedule to meet the required delivery timeline, “ says Centus Marine in a press statement.
Designed to meet the specific requirements of oil majors, Centus Marine will deploy Centus Eight in Malaysian waters.
Propulsion is supplied by three Caterpillar C32 main engines that drive fixed-pitch propellers. Centus Eight’s station-keeping and manoeuvring capability is further enhanced by a bow tunnel thruster.
Of particular note, as a result of Strategic Marine’s strict weight control measures implemented across its vessel range, Centus Eight achieved a top speed in excess of 30 knots with a deadweight of 35 tonnes verified by an independent surveyor during sea trials.
Working closely with long-time collaborator Southerly Designs in Australia, Strategic Marine developed the vessel’s Generation 3 hull form, which was tested at the Australian Maritime College.
Designed to meet the strict requirements of oil majors, the vessel is also equipped to carry out external fire-fighting roles by a remote-controlled water monitor with a capacity of 1,200 m³/hr.
Accommodating 16 in seven cabins, the FCB has a large galley and mess area, supported by a walk-in chiller and freezer to cater to a large crew with extended operational endurance. The passenger saloon offers 70 airline-style reclining seats arranged with either single or twin seats in each row to provide additional space and privacy.
The aft deck has a clear area of 120 m² with deck strength of 2t/m² protected by crash rails and planked with chemically treated hard timber.
Strategic Marine chief executive Chan Eng Yew says the vessel is “a notable milestone” as it is the first vessel constructed under the new ownership. “These are exciting times for us as a group and we are committed to building on our current orders and expanding our market share further,” Mr Chan says.
Newbuild contracts won
Specialising in aluminium and steel construction, among the shipyard’s current projects is a 12-m long workboat being built for an oil major for delivery in mid-2021.
The shipbuilder reveals the workboat would be deployed to offshore deepwater projects, incorporating the capability to be launched and retrieved from a mothership with a single-point lifting hook. Built for line handling and crew transfer duties, the workboat is equipped with a two-tonne capstan, five-tonne tow hook and an open transom, allowing operators to perform line-handling duties with ease.
Strategic Marine says the 27-knot vessel has an advanced marine propulsion system – with waterjet propulsion replacing conventional propellers to increase manoeuvrability.
In October, Strategic Marine won a contract to build two 27-m crew transfer vessels (CTVs), complete with comprehensive financing solution, for UK-based WEM Marine Ltd.
Under the finance arrangement, investors will provide WEM with an end-to-end package from construction to post-delivery financing.
Built for the European offshore wind market, the CTVs will be delivered in May 2021. Equipped with two Caterpillar C32 main engines that drive fixed-pitch propellers, each CTV will have the capacity to accommodate and transport 24 technicians and three crew for wind turbine maintenance activities.