Malaysia: TAS Shipbuilding Foresees Stronger Demand for Offshore Support Vessels and Tugboats


Sibu-based shipbuilder TAS Offshore Bhd (TAS), which foresees a stronger demand for offshore support vessels and tugboats, is all set to expand its shipbuilding operations to China. Group deputy managing director Simon Lau said TAS planned to use the shipyard facilities of its partner in China to build the vessels.

We are working on it (the China project). Once we get the right order, we will start to build,” he told StarBizWeek yesterday. Lau said the demand for offshore support vessels was expected to increase in tandem with the increase in offshore deepsea exploration and production activities,adding that this was likely to give rise to more new orders for shipbuilders. “The demand for tugboats has increased as the mining industries in Indonesia, particularly those related to coal and iron ore, are doing well. The outlook for the shipbuilding industry is getting better as compared with a year ago when people were chartering vessels. Now they want to invest in vessels and we have received a lot of enquiries. With more new orders expected to come in 2012, it will be a busy year for us (TAS),” he said.

Lau said TAS had on hand now 17 vessels built under contracts with a combined value of RM126.7mil. The 17 vessels comprise 13 units of tugboats, ranging from 23m to 32m in length, two anchor handling tug supply vessels, one anchor handling tug vessel and one harbor tug.

TAS group’s main markets are the Middle East, Singapore and Indonesia.

Read more

Source: thestar, August 15, 2011; Image: sbt

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< Oct 2016 >>
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

Naval Mission Systems Technology

Navies are constantly looking at how the collection and dissemination of data from marine helicopters, UAVs, radars and shore based sensors…

read more >

Danish Maritime Days 2016

At this year’s Danish Maritime Days, four themes will highlight some of the most important challenges and opportunities which the global…

read more >


SHIPTEC CHINA builds up itself into a more outstanding, influential and well-reputed maritime event in northern China…

read more >

Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2016

Seatrade Maritime Middle East – the maritime meeting place for the Middle East – returns this year under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh…

read more >