Layup Services Malaysia

MLS offers a comprehensive service across Malaysia in securing a wharf, layup anchorage, layup preservation services and advanced corrosion control VCI services.

updated April 2020

Layup Labuan

Labuan was the first layup location to be used by BP in 1975 and it has many benefits

  • Low port dues makes it cost effective for very large vessels
  • Good anchor holding ground with a deep blue mud bottom
  • Low currents
  • Outside of the typhoon belt
  • 30 metre water depth for large vessels

Historically Labuan layup has proven itself over the years as a good choice.

Layup Services Malaysia 
The Labuan Layup Anchorage

Layup Services Malaysia and the Slow Layup Migration West Towards Singapore

As Singapore and Malaysia have developed over the years, the preferred layup location has  shifted towards Singapore. During the last down turn in the oil sector the vast majority of vessels were located in the Singapore, Batam region for layup. Since then new offshore supply bases on the Malaysian East Coast have been developed and a new layup anchorage near Port Dickson was approved and set up to allow more convenient transport to site. Other traditional sites such as Johor have been squeezed as dredging operations and shore development have progressed. Larger vessels have been slowly disappearing from this area.

Layup Services Malaysia at the Port Dickson Layup Anchorage

 

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Port Dickson Layup anchorage

Near Dickson and 130 nautical miles from Singapore we use a layup anchorage there. It is a cost effective solution to Labuan as it is only 75 kilometres to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It has all the attributes that made Labuan the first choice but with additional and more cost effective benefits such as proximity to Singapore & enhanced 2 tier security.

  • Low port dues makes it cost effective for very large vessels
  • Good anchor holding ground
  • Low currents
  • Outside of the typhoon belt
  • 30 metre water depth for large vessels
  • Less than one hour to the airport
  • 10 tugs permanently in the anchorage
  • ISO 9001 approved
  • Day trip turn around (Labuan 3 days due to flight schedule)
  • Under 3 hour drive from Singapore
  • 5 Star hotels nearby
  • 10 tugs permanently in the anchorage

Currently there are a number of anchorage points available for large VLCC size tankers.

Layup Services and Wharves in Malaysia

There are a number of wharves that can be used and only two deep water ports where layup has been done before.  There are a few new offshore supply bases near the Thailand border this does allow layup of small supply boats in the region, close to the oilfields there.

In the past clients have faced one difficulty with using wharves. Ports generally will allow layup for a fixed period and because of work commitments force to move out. Usually no more than 6 months. If the vessels are cold stacked this requires a reactivation and move to a new port prior to shutting down the again. We have assisted a few clients who have been forced to move and we assisted them to go to other locations where they had longer term solutions.