The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today commissioned a new buoy tender vessel “Panduan” that will support MPA in the maintenance of navigational and mooring buoys in Singapore’s waters.
Costing more than S$4.8 million, Panduan was built specifically to meet MPA’s changing operational and future navigational requirements as the port develops. Panduan was designed and built by China-based Ningbo Foreign Trade Co Ltd in consortium with Marine Expert (Zhao Qing) Shipyard Co Ltd in Ningbo, over a period of 14 months.
The vessel is capable of carrying two buoys and has a heavier lifting capacity of 10 tons. The new vessel will also deploy the buoy from its aft through a more stable A-Frame, further enhancing the safety of the vessel and the crew during the buoy maintenance operations.
In addition to having a faster cruising speed of 15 knots, Panduan is also been equipped with fire fighting capabilities to assist as an oil spill dispersant re-supply vessel during marine incidents.
Panduan, which means “guidance” in Malay, will replace the current vessel (also called Panduan) that has been in operational service for the past 17 years.
Press Release, December 27, 2013