Photo: Strategic Marine’s Fast Crew Boat

Strategic Marine scores new fast crew boat order

Singapore’s shipbuilder Strategic Marine has inked a deal to build a 40m fast crew boat (FCB) with a new Malaysia-based client, Blue Petra, a fully owned subsidiary of Great Ocean Supply & Services.

Strategic Marine revealed that it has secured a contract to build and deliver a 40m FCB for Great Ocean’s subsidiary with the vessel’s delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

Great Ocean is a licensed Petronas contractor and a preferred supplier to the Malaysian oil and gas industry.

Wayne Poh, Strategic Marine’s General Manager, Commercial, commented: “Our FCB solutions are popular with offshore operators, and each new vessel benefits from our ongoing improvements, innovations and enhancements via our customer’s feedback.”

The company informed that the new vessel is designed to meet the specific requirements of global oil majors and will feature, amongst others, a remote-controlled water monitor with a capacity of 1200m³/hr, making it fully equipped to carry out external fire-fighting roles and safety standby duties. 

“Our experience gained from our growing portfolio allows us to offer larger purpose-built vessels, delivering time and cost savings over one-off custom-designed vessels, for our customers and improve the vessel’s carbon footprint through optimizing our designs. We look forward to working with Great Ocean and hope that this vessel will be the first of many vessels for them,” added Poh.

In addition, the new vessel will be equipped with three Caterpillar C32 engines driving fixed pitch propellers to provide a robust and efficient propulsion system while the station-keeping and manoeuvring capability will be enhanced by a tunnel thruster installed at the bow.

Syed Mohd Shahriman, Chief Executive Officer of Great Ocean, remarked: “The firefighting capabilities made this vessel a compelling proposition, and thanks to Strategic Marine’s commitment to continuous improvement we have been able to work with the team to customize this flexible platform to meet our client’s specific requirements. This new vessel will be an integral addition to our growing fleet, allowing us to expand our capacity and range of services in order to grow and strengthen our market position in the years ahead.”

Furthermore, the vessel’s interior will feature a large galley and mess areas with dry store catering for a large crew with extended operational endurance. The company also added that the vessel’s passenger saloon offers 80 comfortable reclining seats arranged with either single or twin seats in each row to provide additional space and privacy. 

Moreover, the aft deck has a large clear area of 120m² with a deck strength of 2t/m². With a cargo fuel capacity of 70m³, the vessel’s cargo freshwater capacity is 30m³ allowing for extended endurance operations at sea.

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It is worth reminding that Strategic Marine recently completed its first vessel delivery in 2022 after handing over a new FCB to another Malaysian offshore operator, Centus Marine.