SEMBCORP Marine has opened what it says is Singapore’s largest integrated yard at Tuas View Extension in the island’s west.

Covering 73.3 hectares, the first phase of the 206-hectare facility started operations on 5 August and was opened on 6 November by Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

The yard is equipped with four very large crude carrier drydocks with a total dock capacity of 1.55 million deadweight tonnes as well as finger piers and basin lengths totalling 3.9 kilometres.

Other facilities include a drydock of 360 metres length, 89 metres width and a draft of 8.5 metres, which the company says is the widest drydock in Singapore, with the capacity to accommodate jack-up and semi-submersible rigs.

Another drydock, measuring 412m in length and 66m in width with a draft of 11m, is the longest and deepest ship repair drydock in Asia, the company said.

It is equipped with an innovative “intermediate dockgate” system and is capable of docking containerships of up to 18,000 twenty foot equivalent units, providing flexibility to configure the dock and allow smaller ships to dock in front while other works are carried out at the rear.

There is also a special reinforced load-out area for offshore platforms of up to 20,000 tonnes. The natural deep waters at the new yard also enable the installation of thrusters for semi-submersibles without towing the rig to sea, providing significant savings for customers.

To maximise the waterfront coverage in land-scarce Singapore, the yard is configured with three finger piers and a basin ranging from 201m to 400m with maximum draft from 9m to 15m, allowing for ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rigs and passenger vessels to be berthed without restrictions in the new yard.

The company said the yard would strengthen its home base operations in Singapore, anchoring its efforts for the long-term sustainable growth and expansion of its marine and offshore business.

Sembcorp Marine chief executive Wong Weng Sun said the yard would “further maximise work efficiency and operational synergy, enabling us to utilise our workforce and resources to achieve higher productivity and faster turnaround.”

To span 206 hectares when completed, the facility will be developed over three phases, with the second phase of the project, spanning 34.5 hectares, expected to start operations in the next three to four years.
An additional cluster of dormitories, which will be able to house some 4,520 employees, will also be built at this time.

Sembcorp Marine said it would be launching a new “inyard living” concept at the yard, were employees lived in self-contained dormitories and accommodation within the new premises.

Key features of the precinct include a centralised kitchen, sports and recreational, in-house laundry services and other amenities to provide a better quality of life for employees, the company said.

Comprising two phases of development, the entire precinct will be capable of housing more than 9,400 employees when fully completed.

The Phase I precinct comprises three blocks of seven-storey dormitories for some 4,520 employees and one block of seven-storey apartments for more than 360 engineers.

A second cluster of dormitories for some 4,520 employees will be added under the second phase of the development.