MHB’s Newly Built Dry Dock No. 3 Welcomes First Vessel
Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB) proudly commenced operation of its newly built Dry Dock No. 3 at MMHE West Yard in Pasir Gudang, Johor on Saturday, 19 December 2020. This significant milestone was marked with the arrival of the first vessel, CSAV TOCONAO, a container vessel owned by MHB’s client, Zodiac Maritime, to undergo repair and maintenance works in this new dry dock.
Dry Dock No. 3 joins ranks of MHB’s existing two (2) dry docks and one (1) floating dock to conduct repair and refurbishment services on vessels and other marine and oil & gas facilities. This addition enhances MHB’s dry docking capacity to provide multiple comprehensive works on liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs), floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units, floating storage, and offloading (FSO) units and oil rigs.
The dry dock is an impressive 350 metres long, 80 metres wide and 14 metres deep. With the capacity to cater for all sizes of vessels up to 400,000 dwt, it can also accommodate co-docking of smaller vessels concurrently when it is not in use for LNGCs, FPSO or FSO units. It is fully equipped with supporting facilities such as cranes, workshops, special equipment, offices, and substation docks.
The approximately 3-year construction of Dry Dock No 3 saw an involvement of more than 500 personnel with more than 2.7 million manhours recorded upon completion. More than 100,000 m3 of concrete was used which is equivalent to concrete used for the construction of 143 units of Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Encik Pandai Othman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, MHB, said that, “It is a significant milestone to welcome CSAV TOCONAO as the first vessel to enter our newly built dry dock No. 3. I would like to thank Zodiac Maritime for their trust and confidence in MHB with their valuable asset. Our collaborations with Zodiac Maritime started way back from 2001. To date, we have completed 25 dry docking repairs for Zodiac Maritime vessels utilising our dry dock, land-berth and quay facilities.”
“We are extremely proud that our new Dry Dock No. 3 has been completed safely and is ready to serve our existing and potential clients. This additional dock space has certainly given MHB a competitive edge to be a step ahead in competing with other players in the marine repair industry in this region. Despite 2021 being expected to be a global recovery period from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still optimistic that this investment will allow us to bring in more clients and cater to more vessels in the coming years.
Since MHB’s incorporation, we have successfully completed more than 3,800 marine repair works including several life extension and upgrading solutions for various vessels owned and operated by local and international clients. With a comprehensive track record of more than 34 FPSO/FSO/FSU conversions, 200 LNGCs dry docking works including 10 projects for major upgrading and life extension services, MHB is committed to continue delivering high quality, value-added and cost-efficient service to our clients.” Encik Pandai added.