Singapore: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) commissioned a new buoy tender vessel Panduan today that will support MPA in the maintenance of navigational and mooring buoys in Singapore's waters.
Panduan, which means guidance in Malay, will replace the current vessel that has been in operational service for the past 17 years. The new Panduan stands apart from its predecessor in terms of size, cruising speed and increased operational capabilities.
Panduan is capable of carrying two buoys and has a heavier lifting capacity of 10 tons. The new vessel will also deploy the buoy from its aft through a more stable A-Frame, further enhancing the safety of the vessel and the crew during the buoy maintenance operations. In addition to having a faster cruising speed of 15 knots, Panduan is also been equipped with fire fighting capabilities to assist as an oil spill dispersant re-supply vessel during marine incidents.
Costing more than S$4.8m, Panduan was built in Ningbo, China. [27/12/13]