24 Jul 2002

SembCorp Marine subsidiary – Jurong Shipyard delivers S$67 million Cableship “ASEAN EXPLORER”

Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine announces the delivery of the S$67 million Cableship, Asean Explorer to its owner, ACPL Marine Pte Ltd (AMPL). The delivery marks an important milestone, as Jurong Shipyard is able to carve a niche in the higher value shipbuilding market having established itself as a shipbuilder for the product/chemical tankers and container vessels.

AMPL is a 70:30 joint venture between ASEAN Cableship (ACPL) and SingTel. Established in 1986 by the ASEAN telecommunications authorities, ASEAN Cableship is one of the leading companies in the submarine tele communications fiber optic cable industry. SingTel is Asia’s leading communications company with extensive interests in submarine cable systems.

The Cableship was named Asean Explorer at a christening ceremony held in May 2002 by Lady Sponsor Ms Nenita Lim Cruz, one of the Directors of ASEAN Cableship (ACPL).

The 9,650 dwt Cableship Asean Explorer is specially designed to minimise toll amplitude in service conditions and for prolonged periods of worldwide operation with the exception of the Artic and Antarctic. The cableship has space reservations and basic facilities for future deployment of a work -class Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) system.

Executive Director of Jurong Shipyard Mr Wong Weng Sun said the success of this project called for both commitment and determination from the people working on it. Said Mr Wong, “ACPL Marine Pte Ltd and Jurong Shipyard have worked together to develop and build this modern and sophisticated cable laying ship. She is designed with good sea keeping capability, excellent bollard pull and with respectable speed. Together, we were able to design and integrate the marine systems, sophisticated cable handling and advance navigational equipment to ensure optimal performance.”

Cableship ASEAN EXPLORER left the yard on July 10, 2002 and will be making her maiden voyage to the Philippines for her first cable laying project beginning September 2002 for a period of approximately three months.

Main Dimensions and Technical Specifications of Cableship ASEAN EXPLORER

Main Particulars

Length Overall141.0 Meters
Breadth Moulded 23.0 Meters
Depth (Main Deck) 12.5 Meters
Design Draft 7.5 Meters
Scantling Draft 8.0 Meters
Freeboard at Design Draft 5.0 Meters
Main Cable Tank 3 off each 15.5 meter (diameter)
Spare Cable Tanks 2 off each 6.0 meter (diameter)
Cable Deadweight 5760 tonne (excluding spare tanks)
Cable Stowage Volume3600 m3
Classification Lloyds Register + 100A1
Accommodation 70 persons single berth en suite cabin


Speed at Design Draft14.5 knots
Endurance60 Days
Dynamic Positioning SystemDuplex System (100% redundancy)
Bollard PullMore than 110t


Propulsion PlantTwo (2) Azimuth Thrusters of 3700 KW each
Bow ThrustersThree (3) Tunnel Bow Thrusters of 1700 KW each
Main EngineFour (4) sets, 3240 KW each
Aux EngineOne set, 1240 KW

Cable Handling Facilities

Cable EngineTwo drum engines, 40 tons, 4m in diameter and 21- wheelpair linear cable engine
Cable TransportersTwo, 2 tons
Stern Sheaves2 x 4m sheaves

Sub Sea Plant

ROV CapabilityThe vessel is equipped with space, power and other ancillary services for the future deployment of a work-class ROV system

About SembCorp Marine and Jurong Shipyard

SembCorp Marine, the marine engineering arm of SembCorp Industries, is a leading global marine-engineering group specializing in ship repair, shipbuilding, ship conversion and offshore engineering. With a combined docking capacity of 2.2 million deadweight tones, SembCorp Marine offers one of the largest ship repair, ship conversion, offshore and associated marine facilities through eight strategically located shipyards comprising four in Singapore, two in China and one each in Indonesia and Brazil.

Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine is a leading yard in ship repair, ship conversions and offshore engineering and a niche player in specialist ship construction. Its recent projects include the design and construction of product/chemical tankers of about 11,500 dwt and container carriers of 1,078 TEU to 2,500 TEU. Other shipbuilding projects include 90,000 dwt tankers, multi purpose cargo vessels, bulk carriers, ocean going tugs, ice breaking tugs and cable laying vessels.

For more information, please contact:

Judy Han (Ms)
Vice President
Investor Relations & Communications
Tel No : (65) 6262 7203
Fax No : (65) 6261 0738
Email : judy@sembcorpmarine.com.sg