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Singapore Marine Industry Milestones


SINGAPORE MARINE INDUSTRY MILESTONES

1960s

 

1963

The first commercial shipyard, Jurong Shipyard, was set up as a joint venture with IHI Japan.

1968

The Singapore Association of Shipbuilders and Repairers (SASAR) was formed in April with ten members, representing a third of the shipyards in operation.

 

The Singapore shiprepair and shipbuilding industry breached the $100 million mark in total revenue.

1969

Singapore launched into rigbuilding when Far East Shipbuilding completed the first jack-up rig, JW McLean.

1970s

 

1972

The first Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), ST Bulford, drydocked at Jurong Shipyard and propelled Singapore into the supertanker league.

 

Singapore’s first ocean-going vessel, Neptune Ruby, was built by Jurong Shipbuilders.

 

The first five-year apprenticeship scheme was introduced by SASAR to meet industry's increasing need for skilled workers.

1973

Singapore joined the major league when Jurong Shipbuilders clinched contracts to build six 91,000-dwt product tankers.

1976

Singapore delivered its first and largest oil tanker, the 91,000-dwt Palmstar Orchid.

1979

Singapore played host to MARINTEC ASIA 79, one of the largest international marine exhibitions to be organised, with 500 exhibitors from 21 countries.

1980

Five rigbuilders clinched a total of 31 rigbuilding contracts, making Singapore the top jack-up builder in the world.

1980s

 

1981

The Singapore shiprepair and shipbuilding industry doubled its total revenue to S$2 billion.

 

Singapore was established as the world's premier jack-up rig building centre.

 

Singapore established a first in Asia when FPSO II was converted from a tanker into a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility by K2eppel Shipyard.

 

Safety checklists for all trades were introduced for the industry by SASAR to instill safety consciousness among the rank-and-file workers.

1983

Singapore became the largest ship repair centre in the world in terms of capacity with an aggregate deadweight of 2.82 million tonnes.

 

Western Pacesetter IV, the largest semi-submersible built in the region, was completed by Far East Levingston and Jurong Shipyard.

1987

A new Scholarship scheme was introduced by SASAR for students enrolled in Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering of Ngee Ann Polytechnic to retain trained manpower in marine industry.

1988

SASAR was renamed Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and expanded its membership base to include all sectors of marine industry in Singapore.

1990s

 

1991

The Singapore marine industry grossed over S$3 billion in total revenue.

 

Singapore chalked up another milestone in rigbuilding with the delivery of Galaxy I, the world's first Universe-Class rig capable of working in harsh environment and deep waters.

1994

The ASMI Meritorious Award was introduced to honour members for their contributions to the Association and marine industry.

1995

The Marine Technology Programme was launched to advance automation in ship repair and shipbuilding, and develop new processes for enhanced safety and productivity.

1996

The Safety Management Code was drawn up by ASMI to provide a framework for shipyards to implement a Safety Management System.

 

The Marine Group Local Industry Upgrading Programme (LIUP) was launched by the Economic Development Board and seven major shipyards, in a concerted effort to raise the productivity of marine contractors.

 

Two supertanker drydocks, Tuas Dock in Keppel Shipyard and No. 3 Drydock in Jurong Shipyard were built. The No. 3 Drydock at 500,000 dwt was the largest drydock in Asia.

1997

Restructuring within the industry saw the first merger between industry majors, Sembawang Shipyard and Jurong Shipyard.

1998

Keppel FELS successfully developed and tested a new rack and pinion elevating unit. Working in tandem, 54 units of this elevating system are capable of lifting 35,000 tons, suitable for elevating decks of the world's largest existing jack-up rigs.

 

ASMI organised the first Safety Improvement Teams (SIT) Convention for Marine Industry to provide a platform for workers to share successful safety improvement projects with one another for mutual benefits.

 

ASMI launched the Certified Marine Supervisor (CMS) Award to encourage the upgrading of supervisory personnel and to give recognition to outstanding marine supervisors.

1999

A Safety, Health and Environment Management Manual was produced by ASMI to assist shipyards and marine companies implement safe work practices and safety management systems at their workplaces.

 

Keppel Singmarine completed the conversion of the world’s largest floating gas diesel power plant, Haripur Commodore I, with a total output of 120 mega watts.

2000

Keppel FELS introduced its first proprietary KFELS MOD V ‘B’ Class jack-up drilling rig design.

 

2000s

 

2001

Jurong Shipyard delivered Sultana Del Este, the world's largest floating power plant to Wartsila NSD of Finland.

2002

Keppel FELS and Keppel Hitachi Zosen were integrated to form Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

50 workers from shipyards and marine companies received the Model Worker Awards presented by the National Trades Union Congress to recognise the contributions of workers in key sectors of the economy.

Keppel FELS delivered its first KFELS MOD V ‘B’ Class jack-up drilling rig, Chiles Discovery.

The marine industry’s total turnover reached S$4.4 billion.

2003

Jurong Shipyard achieved successful execution of its proprietary world’s first “Load-out & Mating-in-Dock” technique to skid and mate a 5th generation dynamic positioning ultra deepwater semi-submersible rig.

Jurong Shipyard received the ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award from SPRING Singapore for its proprietary “Load-out & Mating-in-Dock” technique.

2004

 

PPL Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, launched its proprietary Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling Offshore jack-up rig design.

Singapore’s marine industry grew to a total turnover of S$5.3 billion.

2005

Jurong Shipyard delivered the 2,646 TEU Wan Hai 311, one of the largest and most advanced container vessels designed and built by a Singapore shipyard.

2006

Keppel Shipyard undertook the world’s first LNG Floating Storage and Re-gasification Conversion project, Golar Spirit.

PPL Shipyard delivered Deep Driller 1, its first in-house proprietary designed Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling jack-up rig.

The total turnover for the marine industry reached a new height of S$9.8 billion.

2007

The first television Mandarin drama serial, The Peak, was commissioned by ASMI, Keppel Corporation, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Singapore Maritime Foundation to promote the marine and maritime industries.

Jurong SML built the world’s largest floating performance platform at Marina Bay, Singapore.

The total turnover of the marine industry surpassed the ten-billion-dollar mark to reach S$13.05 billion.

2008

Singapore Technologies Marine delivered the first newbuild Roll-on/Roll-off vessel for the transportation of large aircraft components, City of Hamburg.

The marine industry’s total turnover hit a new record of S$16.8 billion in total revenue.

2009 

Keppel Shipyard completed the conversion of the world’s first Floating, Drilling, Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FDPSO) vessel Azurite. 

2010

Keppel FELS, together with the Seafox Group, commercialised a new wind turbine installation vessel design for deeper waters, known as the KFELS multi-purpose self-elevating platform vessel Seafox 5.

2011

Rolls-Royce opened global marine headquarters in Singapore.

2012

Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre (KOMtech) and ConocoPhillips designed a first-of-its-kind ice-worthy jack-up rig to operate in the Arctic Seas.

Sembawang Shipyard completes construction of the world’s largest heavy lift crane carrier, Seven Borealis.

Singapore rigbuilders clinched contracts worth US$8.1 billion from Sete Brasil Participações S.A. 

2013

SMOE successfully completed and delivered the world’s largest accommodation platform, Ekofisk.

Sembcorp Marine opens Phase I of its new Sembmarine Integrated Yard @ Tuas – the largest integrated yard in Singapore.

Sembcorp Marine partners Nanyang Technological University to set up Sembcorp Marine Lab @ NTU, a S$20 million new research facility in Nanyang Technological University.

Keppel Corporation and National University of Singapore, in collaboration with the National Research Foundation, set up a S$75 million laboratory – the Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory.

Bureau Veritas set up a Deepwater Technology Research Centre in Singapore to provide advanced technical solutions and innovations to its clients in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lloyd’s Register set up a research laboratory and training facility in Singapore.

Rigbuilding in Singapore hit a new record number of 31 rigs delivered in a single year.


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