Singapore ASL To Expand Shipyard Capacity

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. ("ASL Marine" or the "Group"), an integrated marine company with shipyards in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia entered into contracts with several subcontractors and supplier to expand the capacity and capabilities of the Groups two shipyards in Singapore and Batam, to meet the growing demand for its services.

The upgrades to the yards are as follows;

1) To build a 150,000 dead weight tons ("dwt") graving dock in the Batam yard costing approximately S$11.0 million

2) To equip both yards with 12 gantry cranes costing approximately S$6.2 million; and

3) To upgrade the infrastructure and development works to the Batam yard costing approximately S$5.5 million.

The total investment of S$22.7 million will be progressively paid based on work completed and funded through a combination of borrowings and internal funds This expansion is in line with the Groups overall strategy to strengthen and expand its shipbuilding and shiprepair capacity and capability.

The Group will develop its Singapore shipyard into an international builder of sophisticated, high value and customized vessels of up to 70m in length while its Batam shipyard will be capable of repairing vessels of up to Cape size class and building new vessels of up to 20,000 dwt. With the completion of the graving drydock in the second quarter of FY2006, ASL Marine will be positioned as one of the few shipyards in the region to have Cape size shiprepair capacity and capabilities.

Mr Ang Kok Tian, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of ASL Marine commented, " We are pleased to update the investing public about our expansion plans for our shipyards. The continual buoyant marine industry has provided many opportunities for the Group. One instance is the phasing out of all single-hull tankers by 2010 as required by International Maritime Organisation. With our expanded capabilities, technical expertise and experience in building sophisticated vessels like tankers; we are optimistic that we can secure more value-added, high margin shipbuilding contracts. "

ASL Marine has secured several shipbuilding contracts involving bigger and more sophisticated vessels during the year. As at 31 December 2004, the Group had an existing outstanding shipbuilding order book of approximately S$175.4 million, of which approximately 50% of these contracts will be recognised in the financial year ended 30 June 2005.

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