BHIC gears up as a strong combat ship contender

BOUSTEAD Heavy Industries Corporation Bhd (BHIC), a subsidiary of Boustead Holdings Bhd, has today completed the successful physical hand-over of the second Littoral Mission Ship (LMS2) named SUNDANG by its associate company Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd to the Malaysian Government through the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

SUNDANG is the second of four units of LMS being built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industrial Group Shipyard (WSIG) in Shuangliu, China under a contract signed in 2017 between the Defence Ministry Boustead Naval with the cooperation of China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Co Ltd.

“The RMN officially accepted the 68.8-meter ship, Pennant Number 112, after conducting and passing stringent harbour and sea acceptance tests and trials, and on completion of thorough training of the ship’s designated crew,” BHIC noted in a statement.

Under the revised delivery schedule of the LMS Project – that is on the resumption of works by WSIG after the opening up of borders closed by the COVID-19 pandemic – SUNDANG was slated to be handed-over to the Malaysian Government in mid-February 2021. 

However, following some discussions between WSIG, RMN and Boustead Naval, it was decided that the ship ought to be handed-over earlier on Jan 14 (today).

SUNDANG (Picture from Royal Malaysian Navy)

 

By so doing, SUNDANG would be able to join the RMN Fleet and been made operational some one month earlier.

The earlier physical hand-over of SUNDANG had been made possible without compromising on the agreed standards, training for its designated crew and project costs. 

All four units of the LMS comply with the Rules of Classification of Naval Ship 2016 (RCSNS 16) issued by China Classification Society, a member of the prestigious International Association of Classification Societies.

These ships are capable of operating in multi-mission roles and in all weather conditions.

Boustead Navy sees the successful and earlier PHO of SUNDANG as a very significant achievement as it had been made possible under the strain of COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The company looks forward positively on its prospect in participating in the subsequent batches of the LMS projects for the RMN,” BHIC pointed out.

“With the infrastructures and experienced personnel at its disposal, Boustead Navy is poised to be among the strong contenders to help RMN realise the objectives of its 15-to-5 Transformation Programme and to further contribute to Malaysia’s maritime defence.” – Jan 14, 2021

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