A host of lay-up services on offer

Hot or cold stacking: the choice is yours
The Karimun Island Eastern anchorage offers an impressive array of lay-up services.
And if what’s on offer isn’t quite enough, nearby port facilities extend the range of services even further.
Both ships and rigs can access Karimun waters. The anchorage offers hot, warm and cold stacking.
Marine Layup Services can provide all lay-up equipment and rental equipment. Qualified and experienced staff are on hand to help with your layover.

Singapore anchorage

From the moment you choose to partner with us, you will be guided through:

  1. Scope agreement and demobilisation plan,
  2. Pre-arrival information and requirements,
  3. Deactivation process, with a comprehensive layup report,
  4. Ongoing monthly reports during cold stacking, with six-monthly underwater reports, and
  5. Assistance as required to reactivate when the time comes.

Lay-up deactivation alongside

With the lay-up anchorage such a short distance to Singapore, we can bring your vessel alongside a wharf in Singapore if needed. This service is available for vessels and rigs with a draft of up to 15.7 metres. The proximity of Singapore ensures that all ship lay-up requests can be managed.

Benefits of deactivating next to a wharf

There are a multitude of benefits to deactivating your vessel alongside a wharf, including:

  • A quicker deactivation. The lack of time-wasting delays ensures your vessel is put into preservation faster. With a maritime workforce 100,000-strong, there is no shortage of support when you need it.
  • Goods can be removed more safely, due to the use of shore cranes, and put into storage until it’s time to reactivate
  • Access by launch is not required. This eliminates both the transport hazards, and the passenger limitations, of small craft. Most crew can be demobilised on arrival. Rapid transfers mean those who remain are needed for a shorter period of time, which further reduces costs.
  • Proper disposal of sludge, bilge water, sewage and rubbish eliminates the potential for pollution. Disposal alongside allows a complete solution
  • Additional work is less of a hassle. This means an easier time with everything from cleaning, paint coating and last-minute repairs, through to filling ballast tanks with treated fresh water.
  • Barges are not needed, further reducing mobilisation costs.
  • Tugs and pilots from Singapore can tow vessels dead-ship to the lay-up anchorage.

Vessels can also be taken directly to the anchorage if a client prefers. This has the potential to be a cheaper solution.

Services provided at anchorage

While the vessel is laid up, routines will be conducted from our Karimun base. Located on the East of Karimun Island, this is the closest point to the lay-up anchorage.

The vessel will be visited for by our maintenance team each week. Meanwhile, watchmen on-board will conduct daily routines.

Additional services can be arranged from Karimun or Singapore once a vessel has been laid up.

Lay-up reactivation alongside – better option for some

When the time comes, your vessel can be towed dead-ship to a wharf, where the crew will meet it for reactivation.

Benefits of reactivating next to a wharf

As before, there’s a host of benefits to conducting operations alongside:

  • Vessel can be moved dead-ship from anchorage to Singapore wharf
  • Faster reactivation due to easier vessel access, with no water transport needed.
  • Any extra staff needed to expedite the lay-up process can be brought on-board immediately.
  • Service technicians and repair staff can be arranged at short notice
  • Rapid procurement of food items and other consumables.
  • A full suite of fuel and lubrication products is on hand.
  • No visa requirements, lessening the risk of bureaucratic hiccups.
  • Road transport to and from the vessel, with cranes readily available.
  • Barges not required, further reducing remobilisation costs.

However, reactivation can instead occur at anchorage, if preferred. This is supported from our Karimun base, and can save costs on provision of goods. There is also no need to pay wharf fees, or provide hotel accommodation for crew.

Vessels can be sent directly to dry dock

If a vessel is due for dry dock immediately upon reactivation, a harbour tug can tow it to the shipyard wharf.
Once there, lay-up equipment can be removed from the vessel prior to it entering dry dock. Goods removed during deactivation can be returned either before or after drydock, as required.
The only crew who need to be mobilised are those necessary for the dry dock. This saves on the costs of running a crew, and avoids long tows from the lay-up anchorage to dry dock.

Additional layup services are available

With Singapore as the maritime service hub of Asia, any reasonable request can be fulfilled, whether it’s:

  • painting and blasting at anchor,
  • piping and valve replacement, or
  • tank inspection and demucking.

Equipment can be rented as needed, whether tank pumping gear or anchors and fenders. Our agents are able to:

  • provide visa applications as required,
  • clear vessels in and out
  • arrange full provision of vessel chandlery services, and
  • air transport worldwide.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please give us a call or drop us a line.