MISC names new chemical tanker

19 Jan 2010

STX shipyard in Korea delivered the 38,000 DWT chemical tanker Bunga Allium to MISC Berhad (MISC) in Malaysia

MISC Berhad (MISC) in Malaysia recently held the naming ceremony of its 10th chemical tanker, Bunga Allium. The 38,000 dwt tanker is the third in a series of eight IMO II chemical tankers ordered from the STX shipyard in South Korea by MISC.

The coming into service of Bunga Allium is part of MISC's rapid chemical fleet expansion programme, which will see MISC receiving a total of 15 chemical tankers over the next two years. These additional vessels will provide MISC with the critical mass required to better serve its customers globally and at the same time, allow MISC to expand its global presence. Similar to her sister vessels, Bunga Akasia and Bunga Alamanda, which were delivered last year, the newbuilding is well-suited to carry a wide variety of vegetable oil, chemical and CPP cargoes, thus, increasing its service offerings and competitiveness in the chemical shipping industry.

The naming ceremony was held at the Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) Yard in Pasir Gudang, Johor. MMHE, a subsidiary of MISC, is a regional leader in marine and heavy engineering and through MMHE, MISC is one of the few shipping companies in the world with the capability to offer in-house dry-docking and refurbishment to its vessels, ensuring their reliability in service.

Along the expansion of its fleet, MISC also focuses on the development of sea-going professionals in its effort to ensure that the company and the industry will continue to have sufficient supply of high-calibre maritime graduates, through its in-house maritime academy, Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM).

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