Dr Wee: Marine engineering is a vast field with many opportunities
PETALING JAYA: More young people should venture into the field of marine engineering as there is a high demand both locally and abroad, says Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong.
The Minister for Transport said it was a vast area with many opportunities for those considering venturing there.
Dr Wee said this while on a working visit to Kemaman Port in Terengganu and aboard Inai Kenanga, a trailer mounted suction hopper dredger (TSHD) to view the dredging works.
“During the official working visit to Kemaman Port, I also had the opportunity to board Inai Kenanga to view the dredging work being carried out by Capt Sharani Fitri with his First Officer, Sam Nur Arif .
“At the moment, Inai Kenanga has a crew of 50 and 95% of them are locals,” he said on his Facebook on Saturday January 15.
Dr Wee said the Inai Kenanga was a Malaysian vessel built in Pulau Indah in 2013 using local expertise as well as that from Europe, Japan and Korea and then commissioned in 2016.
It was owned by Syarikat Inai Kiara Sdn Bhd, the parent company of Integrated Marine Works Sdn Bhd (IMW).
“It is well known that IMW is a wholly bumiputera-owned company with expertise in marine engineering and over 20 years of experience in marine dredging and reclamation works.
“Since commencing operations, Inai Kenanga has completed 18 dredging projects,” he said, adding that the vessel has a dredging capacity of 33,300 cubic meters.
“It is the largest TSHD in Asia and the 3rd in the world, also the most advanced with the latest equipment,” he added.
Dr Wee noted that the Malaysian government has awarded IMW a 15-year concession to carry out reclamation and dredging works at all major ports in the country, as well as all port projects involving federal funds.
“This concession contract is a continuation of the previous one which was signed for 15 years from 2004 to 2019,” he said.