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Ground-breaking Ceremony

Sembcorp Marine marked a major milestone in its growth and expansion strategy on June 21, 2010 with the ground-breaking of its Integrated New Yard Facility at Tuas View Extension. Representing Singapore’s first integrated yard facility, this landmark development will further reinforce Sembcorp Marine’s competitive edge, enabling the Group to respond effectively to customers’ requirements and future challenges.

The ground-breaking ceremony, held to mark the commencement of the New Yard’s first phase of construction works, was officiated by Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry. This significant occasion was also witnessed by dignitaries including Mr Gao Hongfeng, Vice Minister for Transport, People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Wei Wei, China’s Ambassador to Singapore, key stakeholders Mr Ang Kong Hua, Chairman of Sembcorp Industries, senior officials from government agencies Economic Development Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Jurong Town Corporation as well as valued customers.

Harnessing Sembcorp Marine’s 47 years of proven expertise and track record in marine and offshore engineering and construction, the state-of-the-art new yard facility is designed to maximise operational synergy, production efficiency and critical mass with optimised docking and berthing facilities, an improved dock and quay ratio, a centralised work-efficient layout, and integrated facilities. When fully completed, the 206-hectare custom-designed, purpose-built yard will boost Sembcorp Marine’s total dock capacity by 62 per cent to 3,075,000 dwt.

The New Yard’s strategic location along major sea lanes in the west of Singapore enables it to tap on the vibrant market for ship repair and conversion as well as to serve large volumes of vessels trading in the region.

Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, noted that Sembcorp Marine’s New Yard also reflects its commitment towards raising productivity levels. Mr Lim added, “Boosting productivity levels will be a key factor in ensuring that our marine and offshore industry continues to grow and achieve long-term sustainable competitiveness.”

The 206-hectare Integrated New Yard Facility will be built in three phases. The 73.3-hectare S$750 million Phase I New Yard Development will focus on ship repair & conversion activities and is scheduled to be completed by end 2013 with partial operations commencing in the second half of 2012. Phase I will feature 4 Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) drydocks totaling 1,550,000 dwt, a 3,408-m quay as well as workshops totaling 68,300 sqm for hull and fitting works, a blasting and painting chamber, as well as warehouse and craneage facilities. It will also house a 1,925 sqm Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Centre along with medical clinic facilities, a training centre of 2,725 sqm, owners’ offices of 4,125 sqm and a 40,639 sqm multistorey dormitory for staff and the workforce.

Designed as a centralised and integrated “one-stop solutions” hub for ship repair & conversion, shipbuilding, rig building and offshore engineering & construction, the new yard facility is well-equipped to serve a wide range of vessels including VLCCs, new generations of mega containerships, LNG carriers and passenger ships as well as meet new regulatory requirements and environmental standards.

Mr Goh Geok Ling, Chairman of Sembcorp Marine, said: “The ground-breaking of our Phase I Integrated New Yard Facility marks a defining moment in our history and a significant leap forward as we forge ahead into our next phase of growth. With its innovative work-efficient design, the state-of-the-art yard development will further bolster our home-base capabilities to deliver value-added cost-competitive solutions to our customer partners. The New Yard will be an invaluable asset which will be a key catalyst in sharpening Sembcorp Marine’s competitive edge for long-term sustainable growth.”