Australian ship builder Strategic Marine has confirmed its position as a major supplier of vessels to the Malaysian Offshore Oil and Gas Sector, securing a contracts to build two 40 metre Crew Boats for Syarikat Borcos Shipping Sdn Bhd. On delivery of the vessels mid next year, Borcos Shipping will boast 11 Strategic Marine Crew Boats in its fleet, the first one launched in 2005.
Strategic Marine Chief Marketing Officer Terry O'Connor said "We pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our clients, which has lead to many repeat orders. These contracts were signed by Ron Anderson one of our Executive Directors who has a wonderful relationship with Sidqi Ahmad Executive Director at Syarikat Borcos, built up over many years.
We are of course delighted that Mr Ahmad has chosen Strategic Marine to build these new Crew Boats and this is testament to the quality of our products and the service which we provide. These contracts reinforce Strategic Marine's position as a world-leading manufacturer of Crew Boats, especially in the Asia Pacific region"
"Strategic Marine has now delivered 35 vessels into the South East Asia region over the past 5 years, the majority of which are servicing the local Offshore Oil and Gas Sector."
Mr O'Connor said that Strategic Marine's reputation in the Crew Boat Market has allowed the company to fast-track its shipbuilding diversification plans and establish regional operations in WA's North West and Queensland.
"In the past few weeks we have finalised plans to expand our fast-response repair and servicing operation in Karratha and secured a contract for fabrication and design work for John Holland's mining construction works in Gladstone, Australia.
"Our ship building operations now include a vast range of vessel designs, including platform supply vessels, anchor handling vessels, dive / ROV support vessels, tug boats, wind farm maintenance vessels and passenger vessels," he said.
The Borcos Shipping Crew Boats can transfer up to 58 oil rig personnel and carry 44 tonnes of cargo.
"These vessels have been tried and tested in the Malaysian market and their continued success is testament to their superior operability, unrivalled passenger comfort and - very importantly - their economical hull form," Mr O'Connor said.