Singapore-based ship management services provider Straits Marine Services Pte Ltd (SMS) on Tuesday (9 June) introduced a COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) vessel sanitisation service for the maritime sector through an exclusive collaboration agreement with local disinfection and sanitisation services company Ecom Solution Pte Ltd (ECOM).
SMS, the subsidiary of Malaysia-listed bunker player, port operator and investment firm Straits Inter Logistics Berhad (SILB), will be collaborating in offering and marketing the new services to vessels for a period of one year.
ECOM is principally involved in providing disinfecting and sanitisation services to homes and commercial buildings against contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, mould, mildew and odour.
They have a trained and professional disinfection team carrying out their work in line with the guidelines of Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) and have operated in Singapore for over seven years.
With the surge in demand for disinfection and sanitisation services as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, ECOM will now work exclusively with SMS to extend their Services to the vessels operating in Singapore and Malaysia waters.
“Due to the current a COVID-19 pandemic, one of our major concerns as a ship manager of 11 vessels through SMS is the safety of our crew and shore personnel coming onboard the vessels,” said SILB Group Managing Director Dato Sri Ho Kam Choy.
“We had looked around for companies that provide cleaning and disinfection services for vessels in the maritime industry but were unable to find any.
“Most of these disinfection companies are land-based, therefore we decided to introduce this Services into our company so that we will be able to provide these disinfection solutions to not only our fleet but also other vessel operators using the services of ports in both Singapore and Malaysia.”
He added besides Singapore, SILB will begin promoting and marketing the disinfection services to vessel operators using the ports where some of its subsidiaries are bunkering at the moment, covering about nine ports in Malaysia.
Elaborating on the agreement, Straits Marine Services Executive Director Captain Tony Tan Han added: “As we understand, the virus transmits via direct contact or through contaminated surfaces and objects.”
“It will be important for vessels to be disinfected prior to any shore personnel coming onboard as this will minimise the chances of the virus spreading.
“Through this collaboration with ECOM, we will be able to provide specialized cleaning and disinfecting solutions as a complement to our ship management services for the maritime industry.
“Currently, there are about 80,000 ships plying through the Straits of Malacca annually and many of these vessels would require disinfection services when they berth at the ports of Singapore and Malaysia.”
At present, Straits Inter Logistics 55%-owned subsidiary, Tumpuan Megah Development Sdn Bhd operates at nine ports in Malaysia, which include Lumut Port, Pasir Gudang Port, Bintulu Port, Tanjung Pelepas Port, Johor Bahru Port, Kuantan Port, Kemaman Port, Kuala Terengganu Port and Labuan Port, all of which are licensed under Petroleum Development Act 1974 (“PDA Licences”) for its bunkering services.
Currently, SILB group has an enlarged fleet size of 11 vessels with a total carrying capacity of 22 million litres. The company also operates and manages Labuan Liberty Terminal via its 51%-owned subsidiary, Megah Port Management Sdn Bhd.
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Published: 9 June, 2020
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