Home' Work Boat World : January 2010 Contents Singapore, as they say, is the busiest port in the word in terms
of tonnage but it is also a thriving centre and regional hub for
the work boat industry in a multitude of ways.
Singapore's work boat sector continues to ride out the effects of
the Global Financial Crisis.
The city-state is blessed with regionally leading design firms
(with names like Khiam Chuan Marine, Conan Wu & Associates
and Shiptech mentioned frequently in these pages); numerous
highly-performing shipbuilding and repair yards, strong
shipbuilding finance systems and a business-ready, stable economy;
a highly-desirable, partnership-oriented progressive flag;
highly-skilled and constantly developing maritime training and
education; a strong and busy local ferry transport operation; a well-
planned and well-valued port (with the forward-thinking Maritime
Port Authority to guide its development); and an active Police Coast
Guard and Navy which continue to generate maritime activity.
Singapore has also long been, and remains, the most important
base for the supply of maritime equipment throughout the region.
Further, Singapore remains one of the world's key venues for
important and progressive maritime conferences and exhibitions.
Finally, Singapore's proximity to oil and gas fields (such as the
Indonesian island of Batam) and to emergent "centres of work boat
construction (such as the recent building boom in nearby Malaysian
Sarawak) make it a keystone regional work boat hub and one of the
most interesting and healthy work boat centres in the world.
With some correction, Singapore's maritime industry has so far
weathered the global financial storm and will likely sail
triumphantly through 2010 and beyond.
Singapore's work boat industry prevails through heavy seas
Weichai--Baudouin (S), a Singapore-
registered company, is a subsidiary of SIMB
(France) Societe Internationale des Moteurs
Baudouin and part of Weichai Power
Group, one of China's largest industrial
conglomerates and manufacturer of diesel
engines with an annual production in
excess of 300,000 units for marine and
Located in Tuas, Weichai--Baudouin (S)
is in charge of implementing in Southeast
Asia the Weichai Group's strategic plan to
Weichai--Baudouin (S) businesses are
related to the marketing, sales, service and
network's support of diesel marine
engines, complete propulsion packages
and marine generators as well as diesel and gas industrial engines and generators
manufactured by the group.
Besides the well-established M26 Diesel
marine engine series up to 969kW,
complete propulsion packages including
gearboxes and controllable pitch propeller
systems and diesel marine generators up to
900kVA, Baudouin is introducing to marine
markets the brand new 6 W105 M marine
engine up to 149kW and the 6 W126 M up
Already well established in the marine
business in systems up to 1,490kW,
Weichai is also introducing a wide range of
marine engines including the XCW8200 up
to 1,118kW and a selection of marine
generators up to 150kWe.
For further information contact:
Weichai--Baudouin (S), Singapore.
Weichai -- Baudouin (S) expands its marine range
The new release Baudouin 6 W126 M marine
engine rated to 335.5kW
Established in 1976, Shiptech is one of
the leading independent ship design and
consultancy firms in Singapore.
The company has continued to grow,
with the engineering, technical and
administrative staff currently numbering
over 30 personnel.
Over the past 33 years, Shiptech has
designed a wide array of vessels, ranging
from small work boats to large bulk
carriers. Design services that can be
provided range from initial concept design
through to fully detailed construction
Major design projects have included
vessels such as bulk cement carriers,
accommodation/work barges, floating
power stations, crew boats, tugs, offshore
supply vessels, passenger ferries, cruising
restaurants, container ships and tankers.
To date the company has produced
designs for vessels including 39 bulk
cement carriers ranging in size from 2,500
to 30,000 deadweight tonnes and has
converted a further 13 vessels for similar
operation. In 2007 it designed the
30,000DWT 'Endeavor', the world's largest
dedicated newbuild cement carrier classed
for unrestricted ocean service.
In 1992, Shiptech also designed the
650TEU containership 'Secil Angola', which
was the largest Singapore built containership
at that time.
The company has also been busy
servicing the offshore accommodation/work
barge sector with 28 of this type currently
being built to its designs. Numerous designs
for floating power barges have also been
completed, the largest having a power output
of 105MW. At the smaller end of the design
spectrum, fast crew boats, pilot and patrol
craft are being built in aluminium to the
company's designs at various boatbuilding
yards in the Asia and South America regions.
For further information contact:
Shiptech rides the waves by design
The Shiptech-designed 'Glory River'
Focus on SINGAPORE
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