Surya Nautika commands four crew boats at Strategic Marine

October 25, 2022

(Photo: Strategic Navy)

Singaporean shipbuilder Strategic Marine announced on Tuesday that it has secured an order for four ships to crew Malaysian operator Surya Nautika.

Scheduled for phased delivery to licensed contractor Petronas from the first quarter of 2023, the new builds will be Strategic Marine’s 40-metre Gen3 Fast Crew Boat (FCB) designed by Southernly Designs of Australia in conjunction with Strategic Marine, with a bespoke layout and functionality for Surya Nautika.

The new vessels will be equipped with a remote-controlled water monitor with a capacity of 1,200 m³/h, which will make it fully equipped to provide external firefighting functions and safety watch functions.

Each will be powered by three Caterpillar C32 engines driving fixed-pitch propellers. Meanwhile, station keeping and maneuvering capability is enhanced by a tunnel thruster installed at the bow.

The aft deck has a large free area of ​​120 m² with a deck strength of 2 t/m². The vessel’s fuel capacity is 70 m³ and the fresh water cargo capacity is 30 m³, allowing for extended endurance operations at sea.

Inside, the ship will feature a large galley and mess areas with a dry store for a large crew with extensive operational endurance. The passenger lounge offers 80 reclining seats arranged with single or twin seats in each row to provide more space and privacy.

Strategic Marine said the latest order is its third for the vessels from Malaysian operators.

Surya Nautika provides shipping and offshore support services for the Malaysian offshore oil and gas industry, with clients including Petronas, Shell and ExxonMobil. The company currently owns and operates a fleet of seven crew boats and the new orders will combine both expansion and a fleet renewal program aimed at making Surya one of the largest crew boat operators. in Malaysia. Surya Nautika also provides diving and engineering services in Malaysia and is currently investing in a new saturation diving system and ROVs for its underwater business.

Surya Nautika Managing Director, Muhamad Faez Bin Ab Gani, said: “Our FCB fleet will now expand to 10 vessels over the next year, which should allow us to achieve economies of scale and provide a wider range of services to our customers. in the future.”

Earnest A. Martinez