THE NORTH COAST INNOVATION CORRIDOR
Sembcorp Marine opens integrated shipyard at Tuas
(Sembawang Shipyard due to shift to Tuas by 2024)
SINGAPORE — The Government is stepping up its efforts to help the marine and offshore industry upgrade its capabilities and manpower in a bid to ensure that the sector remains competitive despite the land and labour constraints in Singapore.
The plans include enhancing institutional collaboration in research and development, and building an ocean-basin test facility for innovation-intensive activities, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
“We will also build a pipeline of talent and skilled manpower. We will establish industry-relevant specialised training programmes … and work with companies to improve the quality of jobs and raise the income of workers in this sector,” Mr Lee added.
Similar attention will also be given to other manufacturing and services sectors.
“For instance, there is potential for raising productivity in the construction sector, and our target is a 20 to 30 per cent improvement by 2020,” said Mr Lee. “For precision engineering, we will also focus on raising value-add per worker to the levels of advanced economies … and we will attract higher value-add activities to Singapore.”
The Prime Minister made these comments yesterday at a ceremony marking the launch of Sembcorp Marine’s integrated shipyard at Tuas, which will be capable of servicing a wide range of vessels and rigs, including very-long-range and mega carriers.
The 206-hectare facility, the largest of its kind in Singapore, will be completed in three phases, and Sembcorp Marine plans to consolidate all its yards in Singapore — which include Jurong Shipyard and Sembawang Shipyard — by 2024.
“This is to create a shipyard for the future, which will significantly increase our productivity,” Mr Lee said. “Sembcorp Marine can optimise its layout and facilities, while freeing up the lands they currently occupy for other developments.”
Sembcorp Marine Chairman Goh Geok Ling said the integrated yard, the first phase of which is already complete, incorporates innovative design and advanced automation.
“These will maximise work efficiency and operational synergy, enabling us to utilise our workforce and resources more effectively to achieve higher productivity,” he said.
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