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A new buoy tender vessel was commissioned by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday morning. The vessel "Panduan" is faster, larger and has greater capabilities than its now-decommmissioned predecessor.
SINGAPORE: A new buoy tender vessel was commissioned by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday morning.
The vessel "Panduan" is faster, larger and has greater capabilities than its now-decommmissioned predecessor - and will continue the task of deploying and maintaining navigational buoys in Singapore's waters.
In open waters, navigational buoys act like traffic lights, guiding mariners and vessels.
“Panduan” - which means "guidance" in Malay - costs S$4.8 million and will ensure the maintenance of these buoys in meeting international standards.
Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world with some 130,000 vessel calls annually, and buoys help to cope with the heavy vessel traffic in the Singapore Strait and Singapore's port waters.
Features of the new vessel include a higher cruising speed, and a higher lifting capacity of about 9,000kg to carry larger buoys.
Parry Oei, chief hydrographer at MPA, said: "Now the ships are also getting bigger. You need to have larger buoys so that the vessels and mariners can see when they are approaching the Singapore port."
Panduan is also equipped with fire-fighting and oil spill dispersant capabilities.