Singapore: Denis Welch, a well-known face in the Asian shipyard scene, is now on a mission to develop gas powered OSVs specifically for the Asian region. Welch, who quit as ceo for Southeast Asia for Dutch yard group IHC Merwede in February, spoke with our sister site Maritime CEO on why gas-powered OSVs make sense for Asia.
To this end, Welch has founded Sherpa Offshore which aims to provide unaligned expert support from concept to operation of these new ships. The plan is to carry out a feasibility study, then proceed with newbuild supervision and finally to operate these new vessels on behalf of clients. “No one is doing all these three things,” Welch says.
“Natural gas is coming like an express train to Asia,” Welch said. For the full interview, click here. [25/03/14]