SINGAPORE – The new year has started off well for Sembawang Shipyard. In the first two weeks of January, the Singapore-based yard carried out concurrent repairs, upgrading and modification to 4 cruise ships and today announced that another 8 cruise ships have been secured for refits in 2013. Total estimated sales have been noted to be in the region of S$60 million.
Currently undergoing major upgrading and revitalization works in the yard are Superstar Libra from Star Cruises and Legend of the Seas from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the Shipyard’s new Favoured Customer Contract (FCC) partner since December 2012. The Azamara Journey, also from Royal Caribbean Cruises, completed its regular docking and repairs in Sembawang Shipyard and successfully sailed on 13 January 2013 while another cruise ship, Henna, owned by HNA Group of China and managed by Star Cruises, completed its refit on 16 January 2013.
Mr Ong Poh Kwee, Deputy President of Sembcorp Marine said “2013 is expected to be another busy year for Sembawang Shipyard in the area of cruise ship refits, upgrading and modification. Besides the 4 cruise ships in the shipyard in January, we have been awarded another 8 cruise ships for repairs from various cruise ship owners and operators. These awards reinforce Sembawang Shipyard’s reputation as one of the world’s leading shipyards and Asia’s number 1 shipyard in highly specialized cruise ship repairs, refurbishment and conversion. We would like to thank our partners and customers for selecting Sembawang Shipyard to execute these prestigious and important contracts and for their trust and confidence in our capabilities.”