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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.

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.