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BHIC completes five-star floating hotel

KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC) has completed the construction of a five-star floating hotel for delivery to the Sunborn Group of Finland.

The floating hotel, named Sunborn III, was constructed and outfitted by Sunborn Marine (M) Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian affiliate of the Sunborn Group and BHIC’s associate company Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) at its Lumut, Perak yard for a total project value of €120 million (RM462 million).
The construction contract of RM80 million was awarded to BNS.

With the completion of Sunborn III, Sunborn Marine will be focusing on the renovation and remodeling of a hotel vessel for a client in Myanmar. The floating hotel is expected to open for business in Yangon, Myanmar, in the third quarter of this year.

“We are pleased to have completed this project which gave BNS the opportunity to utilise its commercial construction capabilities but on a much larger scale, given  the size of the vessel,” said BHIC executive director David Berry in a press conference here yesterday.

“The floating hotel not only required specific technical knowledge and expertise which we have been building over the years, it also enabled the transfer of new competencies and skill-sets from Sunborn Marine, which in turn will contribute towards the national aspiration of developing Malaysia into a maritime hub for the region,” he said.

Designed and equipped to the highest international standards, the floating hotel has seven hotel decks and a service deck with a total of 189 guest rooms and 22 suites with balconies. The ship is a fully self propelled vessel built in compliance with the EU Marine Equipment Directive.

 

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on May 10, 2013.

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