Strategic Marine’s Singapore success

23 Mar 2010

Strategic Marine’s Singapore shipyard has seen success after success after the company recently took the opportunity to purchase the lease of the yard and its existing 1,260m2 covered shipbuilding hall.

This has enabled Strategic Marine to fully develop the yards potential, and it is currently implementing an infrastructure development plan to be completed by 2011. The first success saw Strategic Marine Singapore (SMS) recently sign a contract to build four electric powered water taxis for Singapore tourism company Russell Rocks.

SMS’s general manager, Paul Rudd says, “The project is one we are proud to be a part of, as it is the first electrically powered vessel that we have been involved in, and for a large part is why we jumped at this opportunity”.

With a seating capacity of 24 passengers, the vessels have been designed specifically for the client’s scenic taxi service operations. With carbon emissions remaining a hot topic globally and the increased importance for industry to minimise and offset emissions, SMS welcomes the opportunity to be involved in an environmentally friendly concept in shipbuilding and design. The new craft will be fitted with a single electric main propulsion motor, with an output of 12hp and reaching a speed of 6 knots.

This contract has, in addition, enabled SMS to start construction on a 40m offshore utility vessel on speculation, and is scheduled to be completed in Sept/Oct 2010. The vessel will be designed by Strategic Marine and Southerly Designs of Western Australia to comply with the chosen classification society ABS crew boat rules and offshore utility vessel code for statutory matters. The design will incorporate a central deck house with seating for 50 rig crew, and will reach a speed of 25 knots.

“The vessel is to be a sister ship to the Borcos 9. Based on feedback from existing and prospective clients I feel that this was the right path to take. We have proven this formula already, having sold over 10 speculative crew boats over the past 4 years”, stated managing director of Strategic Marine, Ron F Anderson.

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