Photo: Strategic Marine's FCB; Source: Strategic Marine

Malaysian operator orders two more vessels from Strategic Marine

Singapore’s shipbuilder Strategic Marine has won a contract to deliver two Fast Crew Boats (FCB) to Malaysia’s offshore vessel operator Centus Marine.

Strategic Marine said on Tuesday that the two offshore support vessels will be the fifth and sixth FCBs ordered from the Singapore-based shipyard in the past two years.

The 42-metre-long FCBs will feature design and technical enhancements when compared to previous vessels. Each vessel will also be powered by three Cummins KTA50 engines, with expected cruising speeds of around 30 knots.

Each vessel can transport 100 personnel and the accommodation for crew includes 12 berths in seven cabins.

Commenting on this win, Wayne Poh, Strategic Marine’s General Manger Commercial, said: “This is a testimony to the trust and confidence Centus Marine has in our vessel design, delivery, and service. It also reaffirms our capabilities as a preferred shipbuilding partner in high-quality offshore support vessels.”

The FCB duo is also the 12th and 13th vessels overall that have been ordered by Centus Marine. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in early 2023 and are expected to work in Southeast Asian waters.

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Centus Marine said: “These boats are tailored to our specific offshore operating conditions and thanks to Strategic Marine’s policy of continuous improvement, we’ve been able to influence vessel design incorporating clients’ feedback which has proved really valuable, helping keep us at the forefront of this competitive market.”