's marine and offshore industry must keep upgrading itself to seize opportunities and stay ahead of the competition, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
made this point
as he noted that Asia
's continued growth will increase maritime traffic in the region.
At the same time, rising demand for energy worldwide will see more exploration and production activities in deeper waters and harsher environments.
The challenge, he added, is for the industry to stay viable while optimising land use, and reducing its reliance on foreign manpower.
Mr Lee pointed to Sembcorp Marine
's new integrated yard called the Sembmarine Integrated Yard
@ Tuas - which officially opened on Wednesday - as an example of how this can be achieved.
The first phase of the yard - which spans about 73 hectares - has been completed, and began operating in August this year.
When fully completed, the facility - which spans some 200
hectares - will allow Sembcorp Marine to consolidate all of its yards.
The plan is to consolidate all the yards here by 2024.
It has also been custom-built to maximise productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.
It features optimised docking and berthing facilities, an improved dock and quay ration, a centralised work-efficient layout, and integrated facilities.
of Sembcorp Marine Wong Weng
Sun said: "With its innovative design, advanced automation and optimised facilities, the Sembmarine Integrated Yard @ Tuas will further maximise work efficiency and operational synergy, enabling us to utilise our workforce and resources to achieve higher productivity and faster turnaround."
Mr Lee said: "The aim is to create a shipyard of the future, which will significantly increase our productivity. It's
a green-field development so Sembcorp Marine can optimise the layout and facilities, and free up the land which it is currently occupying and then it can be used for some other purpose."
The yard also lets workers live on-site and have enough time to rest after work, which means they are more productive and efficient while on the job.
The dormitories can house more than 9,000 employees.
One interesting feature of the workers' dormitory is its multi-media room.
Workers can book a four-hour slot to watch a movie, and they can choose from more than 80 titles.
Touring the yard on Wednesday, Mr Lee said the government, besides building infrastructure, will continue to work with the marine and offshore industry so it can upgrade and transform itself.
This includes enhancing research and innovation capabilities, building talent and skilled manpower and developing a strong marine and offshore eco-system.
Mr Lee added that other sectors in the economy are being similarly upgraded.
He said: "The way forward is to upgrade, improve our skills, catch up and be at the leading edge, and thereby offer good jobs and a good future for Singaporeans
. This is the way for us to keep Singapore vibrant and forward-looking, at the centre of key global and economic trends: to enable our manufacturing and services sectors to grow to complement our marine and offshore hub to enhance our competitiveness and our ability to service the world and therefore help Sembcorp Marine and many other companies to prosper in Singapore."
The next phase of the integrated yard is expected to begin operating in the next three to four years.
- published: 06 Nov 2013
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