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Borneo Bulletin: New Vessel For Brunei Shell

Bandar Seri Begawan – Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) has added another workhorse in support of the oil and gas industry.

Last Monday saw the successful launching of the “MV Belait Aishah” in Port Kiang, Malaysia. The vessel is a Well Service Support/Offshore Maintenance Vessel (WSS/OM Vessel) and it is the very first WSS/OM Vessel to be locally owned, registered, flagged and operated in Brunei Darussalam.

The Belait Aishah is the latest third generation Workboat and will be entering service with BSP in May 2007.

The occasion can be considered another milestone in the continued progress of Brunei Darussalam’s oil and gas service industry fully supporting BSP’s local business development programme.

This further demonstrates the ability of local companies to advance to the forefront of the technologically and financially demanding offshore marine sector supporting the petroleum industry. Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam is also a key supporter providing important banking services and facilities towards the successful build.

Launching the vessel were the guest of honour, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Bhd’s Managing Director, Awang Haji Muhammad Syaipuddin bin Haji Abdullab, the Marine Superintendent of Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd, Captain Embran bin Hj Momin, and the Managing Director of Belait Shipping Company Sdn Bhd, Pg Hj Hassan bin Pg Zahari.

Other attendees witnessing the event included senior management from BIBD, BSP, BSC, the builders Muhibbah Marine Engineering Sdn Bhd, international oil and gas services companies as well as vendors.

The vessel was launched following a “Doa Selamat” read by Ustaz Ridwan who also called the “Azan” during the launch. When the tidal conditions were right at around 6 pm, the vessel supports were removed and the vessel slid effortlessly on its rails into the water with its horns blaring.

The event was indeed a momentous occasion for all involved in the hard work and support of its construction.

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