Strategic Marine Snags SMIT Contract for 3 Vessels

Netherlands-based maritime services company, SMIT has awarded Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine the contract to build three aluminium hulled boats for use in its Middle East operations.

Strategic Marine chairman, Mark Newbold, said the sale of the 22.1m crew/pilot boats re-enforced Strategic Marine's reputation as a global shipbuilder.

"This is a major strategic step forward and builds on the delivery of three 31 meter wellhead maintenance vessels to European client Svitzer," Newbold said. "The contract is a positive step forward for the development of Strategic Marine's brand and reputation in Europe and the Arabian Gulf offshore industry where both the Svitzer's and SMIT's vessels will operate."

The crew/pilot boats will carry up to 30 passengers and offer 38 square meters of open deck space. All three vessels will be built at the company's Tuas shipyard in Singapore. Each will be powered by twin 1205 BHP Detroit MTU 10V2000M72 engines with a top speed of 26kts. All three ships are scheduled for delivery between August and November 2009.

The latest contract award follows the company's recent U.S. $11.89 million joint-venture contract for the construction of two 52-meter crew boats for Mexican-based Blue Marine Offshore Services, along with a 143-meter steel hulled dive support vessel for Singapore company, Marfield Ltd Inc.

Strategic also recently announced a contract to build four 31-meter offshore utility boats for Indonesian company PT Baruna Raya Logistics. The company's order book now stands at more than 132 vessels worth more than U.S. $204.8 million.