The keel for the Heavy Fire Vessel built for the Singapore Civil Defence Force was laid on 13 December 2017 at ST Marine Benoi Yard’s Workshop G. Distinguished guests present included representatives from the Singapore Civil Defence Force, ST Marine and Defence Science and Technology Agency.
Upon the activation of the mechanism, the first keel block B2, weighing 40 tons was lowered into the cradle. As the Keel-Laying ceremony signifies the formal recognition of the beginning of a vessel’s construction, it is crucial that the keel is properly laid since it sets the foundation and ensures stability of the whole vessel.
The steel for this vessel was previously cut on 21 August 2017. After her keel is being laid, she will be undergoing block erection as well as the joining of all pre-outfitted blocks. The next key milestone is expected to take place by mid-2018 where the vessel will be launched.
The Heavy Fire Vessel will have modern decontamination facilities, and can handle all types of fire and rescue missions. In addition, not only will this vessel be able to fight fires and carry out rescue operations, it will also be able to mitigate chemical, biological and radiological incidents.
For more information on the SCDF Fire Fighting Vessels Programme, please visit the following:
Press Release by ST Engineering – https://www.stengg.com/en/newsroom/news-releases/st-engineerings-marine-arm-secures-new-orders/
SCDF Fire Fighting Vessels Plate Cutting Ceremony – https://onward-online.com/scdf-fire-fighting-vessels-plate-cutting-ceremony/