Sembcorp Marine buys Norwegian ship design company

Sembcorp Marine buys Norwegian ship design company

Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard is to pay $20m to acquire buy LMG Marine, a Norway-headquartered naval architecture firm, which will become an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine shipyard group.

Established in 1943, LMG Marin provides design and engineering services for drillships; floating production, storage and offloading (FPSOs) vessels, floating storage and offloading vessels (FSOs), offshore support vessels (OSVs), LNG carriers and vessels fuelled with LNG.

Sembcorp Marine already uses several designs originated by LMG, including the next-generation Espadon drillship design. An FSO being built by Sembcorp Marine for deployment in the UK North Sea is also being built to an LMG original design.

The sale price was based on LMG’s estimated net tangible asset value of $3.8m as of July 31, plus its intellectual property and patents, Sembcorp said. As well as its headquarters in Norway, the company also has offices in Poland and France.

“Through the strategic acquisition of LMG, Sembcorp Marine further strengthens its intellectual property and knowledge to execute leading-edge design and engineering solutions for the global offshore and marine sectors,” Wong Weng Sun, Sembcorp Marine’s president and CEO, said in a release.

“This in turn supports our ongoing efforts to move up the value chain so that we can compete better and do more for our customers and partners.”


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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