PSE Acquires New CNC Plasma Cutting Machine

Port Klang: Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd announced recently that it has acquired a brand new gantry type CNC Plasma Cutting Machine. The new acquisition is just part of the company’s Strategic Optimization Blueprint which aims at upgrading & improving its current facilities, management processes and work culture.

“We believe this is a crucial investment for the company’s growth as it will greatly improve cutting and production time, and also the quality of each cut components, thus reducing wastage”, said Mr Chuah Chong Wah, Managing Director of PSE.

The plasma system uses a boost inverter with microprocessor control that also reduced the system’s price, improving consumable’s life and consuming less power. High definition plasma systems and conventional oxygen plasma systems which when coupled with CNC Cutting Machine and torch height control system can cut steels with a dross-free edges, eliminating secondary finishing process. The high definition plasma is a cost-effective alternative to laser. High definition plasma or precision plasma produces high energy density in the arc with a very accurate gas flow control and power output. This produces narrow kerf cutting and less cutting bevel angles.


The main specifications of the Model Finecut 7000 include:

Effective Cutting Width                          : 6000mm

Effective Cutting Length                                    : 11000mm

Rapid Speed                                         : 0-12000mm/min

Torch Lifting Distance                            : 170mm

Straight Line Positioning Precision         : ±0.2mm/10M

Straight line Repeat Precision                : ±0.2mm/10M

AHC Precision                                       : ±0.5mm

Speed Setting Discrepancy                   : ≤±5% 


The new machine has just been installed and selected staffs are being trained to operate it. It is expected to be fully operational within a week’s time.

MTT Tugboats On Schedule

Port Klang: After almost 8 months under construction, Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd (PSE) can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the progress for the construction of the 2 (two) units of 33m harbour tugboats for Malaysian Towage & Transport Sdn Bhd (MTT) is still right on schedule.

Since May 2010, PSE has been working around the clock to meet the agreed milestones and strict classification requirements. At this moment in time, most of the vessels’ structure are complete including the hull & hull fittings. Even piping & electrical works are more than 50% complete. All that remains are mostly equipment installation such as the pumps, motors, cooler, generators, etc.

“There is still a fair amount of work to be completed but we are confident that despite several setbacks faced, both vessels will be completed in time if not ahead of schedule”, said Mr K. Madhava Rao, Project Manager of PSE.

Construction of the vessels commenced in May 2010 and both vessels are expected to be launched in April 2011.

PSE Launches Corporate Website

Port Klang: Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd (PSE) is proud to announce the launch of its brand new corporate website. The design is focused on a clean and professional look with user-friendly navigation.

“The new website is just the beginning of PSE’s strategic plan to establish itself as a renowned world class shipyard”, said Abdul Hamid Nor, Chairman of PSE.

The website shall be utilized as a crucial communication tool, containing corporate information and a record of past and current projects undertaken by the company.

“16 years experience of shipbuilding and repair surely means a lot,… and it’s about time we make ourselves known to the world”, added Chuah Chong Wah, Managing Director.

PSE’s website can be visited at

Gearing Towards QHSE Management System Certifications

Port Klang: In line with its long term strategic plan, Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd (PSE) is currently in the process of improving its quality management system by implementing ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 standards.

As a widely-recognized evaluation criteria within the shipbuilding industry, ISO 9001 quality management certification is definitely a determining factor in penetrating a larger market. Successfully passing this authentication is crucial and will allow Port Shipyard to obtain broader space for development in an increasingly fierce market competition environment.

Implementing all 3 major standards will require extreme dedication by all departments and is estimated to take approximately 12months to complete. Implementing ISO 9001 will be the first phase of this exercise with OHSAS 18001 to follow suit.

“There’s a whole lot of work to be done but nothing is impossible. We just need to take one step at a time. Eventually everything will be in place within this year”, said Jef Azrul Nizam, newly appointed Safety Officer of PSE.

Upon successfully implementing the standards, yearly supervision and revision exercises will be performed by the authentication body to ensure all processes remain in check.

MTT 30 Meter Harbour Tugboat Keel Laying Ceremony

Port Klang: Just over a month after the signing of the contract in April 2010, Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd hosted a keel laying ceremony at its shipyard in Port Klang on 24 May 2010 to signify the erection of 2 units of 50 ton bollard pull harbour tugboats for Malaysian Towage & Transport Sdn Bhd (MTT) worth over RM30 million.

The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from MTT, Marine Department Malaysia, Bank Pembangunan, Daikai Engineering Pte Ltd, Germanischer Lloyd , PSE and its contractors and other guests to mark this historic occasion. Those present included:

  • Yang Berbahagia Dato Kapten Ahmad Osman – Ketua Pengarah,  Jabatan Laut Malaysia
  • Tn Haji Abdul Aziz bin Meor Ngah – Chairman, Malaysian Towage & Transport Sdn Bhd
  • En Zaidin Yusof – Managing Director, Malaysian Towage & Transport Sdn Bhd
  • Mr Kaneda Mikio – Managing Director, Daikai Engineering Pte Ltd
  • Mr Raymond Meyer – Country Manager, Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Bank Pembangunan Representatives
    • En Zakaria Saad – Vice President, Biz Devp
    • En Abdul Karim Ismail – Ass Vice Pres, Business Devp – Maritime
    • En Azman Ahmad – Acting Ass. VP, Technical – Credit Mgmt
    • Pn Suhaila Taib – Head Project Monitoring
    • Pn Azmahnor bt Siarap – Head – Credit Recovery

Representing PSE, Executive Chairman Abdul Hamid Nor, reflected on the significance of the project and successful partnerships between suppliers and contractors involved towards PSE’s new beginning.

“Today marks an important milestone as Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd embarks not only on the construction of 2 new vessels, but also on an extensive transition programme aimed at moulding PSE into a world class shipyard. As we speak, the finest elements of shipbuilding are starting to be put in place and I am immensely pleased that we are all part of this new endeavour.”

The ceremony was finalized with the official handing over of 4 units of 3,500 horsepower Daihatsu engines for the tugboats by Mr Kaneda Mikio, Managing Director, Daikai Engineering Pte Ltd.

MTT Sdn Bhd Signs New-Build Contract with PSE

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Towage & Transport Sdn Bhd (MTT) has awarded the construction of 2 (two) units of 30 meter Harbour Tugboats to Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd (PSE).

The contract for the construction of both vessels is estimated to be worth RM 30.2 million and construction of both vessels is estimated to take 12 months.

With a length of 30 meters and breadth of 10 meters, both tugs will be powered by two 3,500 hp Daihatsu engines giving the vessels bollard pull strength of 50 tons. Twin Shottel propellers will allow maximum manoeuvrability within the tight harbour waters of the Tebrau Strait.

MTT’s fleet currently consists of 7 harbour tugboats, 5 pilot boats and 2 mooring boats operating in Pasir Gudang, Labuan and Kemaman. The 2 new vessels are planned to be stationed primarily in Pasir Gudang.

PSE Secures Contract for Construction of Seismic Vessel

Klang: Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd has secured a new-build contract estimated to be worth RM80 million for the construction of 2 (two) units of Seismic vessels.

After several months of negotiations, the 1+1 contract was finally awarded by PT Asmi Nusantara, a shipping consultancy company based in Indonesia, and signed by both parties very recently in March 2010.

Both parties are finalizing further details of the vessels and are expecting to begin construction of the first vessel by end of this year. Delivery of the first Seismic/Survey Vessel is expected to be within 18 months once construction starts at PSE’s shipyard in Kampung Pendamar near Port Klang.

Upon completion, the 62 meter vessels will be able to chartered for a variety of marine seismic, hydrographic and oceanographic operations especially to oil & gas companies operating within South East Asia where marine data acquisition is of vital importance.

The ship is designed for effective and safe seismic operations, with low running costs, good sea-keeping capabilities, and low outboard and inboard noise.

The contract is expected to contribute positively to PSE’s earnings for the financial year ending March 31, 2011 and 2012, PSE added.

PSE Appoints New Chairman

Port Klang: Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd (PSE) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Executive Chairman, En Abdul Hamid Nor, taking up position in September 2009 following the resignation of his predecessor, Dato Ibrahim Kam after over than 15 years of service as Chairman to PSE.

Orders in Picture: Abdul Hamid Nor (seated at center) taking the helm of PSE. From left Chuah Chong Wah (Managing Director), Syed Khalil Syed Mohamad (Director), Ee Hock Leong (Executive Director), Dato’ Kam bin Ibrahim (Advisor & Former Chairman).

En Hamid Nor, presently a businessman who holds a post-graduate in Masters of Commerce from Waseda University Japan, a holder of BA from University Malaysia and Diploma of Modern Japanese Economy from University of Hiroshima Japan, has a keen interest in the marine industry and property development in addition to having a strong track record in managing ventures and new business developments via his own company, Intime Sdn Bhd.

As Executive Chairman of the company, En Hamid Nor major concerns will focus on the strategic planning and restructuring of PSE operations. His goals include turning PSE around into a world-class shipyard, fully equipped with technologically modern equipment & facilities for shipbuilding and ship repair activities.

Implementing winning strategies together with a skilled workforce and modern facilities will greatly increase PSE’s capacity for new builds and repair jobs at their 10-acre shipyard in Kampung Pendamar, near Port Klang.

PSE Managing Director Mr Chuah Chong Wah said:”Hamid’s credentials are first class. It is evident that he has a wealth of business acumen together with a broad knowledge of finance and keen interest in the marine industry that will help enhance our position within the shipbuilding as well as the oil & gas industry.”

En Hamid Nor said: “I have been privileged in my years of experience to have worked with some of the best strategists and business owners in Malaysia, whose vision, commitment and expertise have taken me from strength to strength and provided a solid platform for future growth. I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to bring that experience to bear at PSE – a shipyard rich in experience and expertise – that is superbly positioned for success in the shipbuilding industry.”

Hung Hao International Ltd Appoints Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd as Distribution Agent

Guangzhou, China: Hung Hao International Ltd (HHIL), a government linked company in China recently appointed Port Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd (PSE) as Distribution Agent in Malaysia for the supply of the following:

  1. Specialized marine products for usage of shipbuilding and repair, onshore & offshore installations
  2. Marine cranes inclusive of sea, shore and offshore installations
  3. Marine transportation including floating docks, barges, anchor handlers, supply vessels, harbour tugs, etc
  4. New & used marine equipment
  5. Steel material such as steel plates, pipes, angle bars, etc.

The appointment is a significant landmark for PSE who since 1992 has been actively involved in the new construction of various types of vessels including harbour tugboats, supply vessels, barges, marine structures, aluminium superstructures, ferries, etc. The appointment has also enabled PSE to diversify its business activities to include trading of steel material within Malaysia.

Initial meetings between Mr Jacky Gao, Managing Director HHIL and Directors of PSE has always been conducive and cooperative in laying a solid foundation for future cooperation. Both sides are extremely optimistic of this new development and are already planning for larger scale projects to cooperate together in.

Orders in Picture: Jacky Gao (3rd from left) during his visit to Malaysia with PSE Directors Ee Hock Leong, Abdul Hamid Nor, and Chuah Chong Wah.