Sembcorp Marine Opens Southeast Asia's Largest Steel Fabrication Workshop

4 November 2015

Sembcorp Marine Ltd. launched Tuesday its new state-of-the-art steel structure fabrication workshop – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia – at Tuas in the south western tip of Singapore which is set to boost the company’s steel fabrication capacity for its future needs.

Officially opened by Economic Development Board Chairman Dr Beh Swan Gin today, the 1,291,669 square foot (120,000-square-meter) facility at Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard Yard is fully covered.

Comprising five bays for pre-treatment, cutting and assembly, the workshop is ergonomically designed to facilitate a seamless work flow. It operates with a suite of computerized systems, mechanized steel-cutting and welding equipment, high-capacity cranes, and a streamlined process that not only optimizes production efficiency, but also reduces man-hours and production time to half of previous process requirements for every tonne of steel fabricated.

Standout features of the new facility include a fully-automated panel production line that delivers high quality welding precision and efficiency; as well as capabilities for producing steel components of customized shapes and sizes.

Speaking at the steel structure fabrication workshop’s opening ceremony, Dr Beh reiterated the importance of the industry’s push for productivity: “Local champions like Sembcorp Marine have an important role to play in shaping the future of the offshore and marine industry. Today, the sector is a significant contributor to our economy, providing good jobs for Singaporeans, but the continued transformation of the industry is critical for its long-term success.

Sembcorp Marine is a good example of how companies can enhance competitiveness through the use of innovative solutions.” Sembcorp Marine President & CEO Wong Weng Sun explains the company’s plans for the steel structure fabrication workshop: “This new facility will integrate with all other capabilities in our flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard and allow us to more effectively offer customers a one-stop shop for offshore and marine engineering solutions. It is also a key feature of our ongoing development to turn the Tuas Boulevard Yard into a high-tech production hub that underpins Sembcorp Marine’s ability to compete on value and scale.”

In July this year, Sembcorp Marine transitioned from a multi-business-unit organization structure into a single brand and company under its long-term ‘Transformation for Growth’ strategy.

Sembcorp Marine now focuses on four key capabilities across its global operations, namely, Rigs & Floaters; Repairs & Upgrades; Offshore Platforms; and Specialized Shipbuilding.