SHAH ALAM: With the LCS project set to resume later this year, Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Bhd (BHIC) has appointed a new chief executive to head its associate company, Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS). The new CEO is Azhar Jumaat, the current LCS project director whose new appointment became effective on May 13. It is unclear whether someone else will be appointed as the LCS project director though.
Azhar, an engineer by training, is the last publicly known executive involved with the LCS project since its started in 2014. He was present at the first steel cutting ceremony for the first LCS as he was the first RMN LCS director with the rank of Captain. All the others had left or retired from BNS or RMN since then.
Azhar likely left RMN in 2017 as he was appointed as the second BNS LCS director late that year to replace the first LCS director Anuar Murad, also a former RMN captain.
If Azhar remained as the LCS project director, he will be doing double duty at BNS though he will still have other executives to help with the other duties.
Apart from shipbuilding, BNS is involved in ship repair and maintenance and maintenance of other equipment as well. From the company’s website:
Boustead Naval Shipyard is a one-stop centre for defense and maritime needs. Covering an area of 46 hectares, it was originally known as the Royal Malaysia Navy Dockyard became fully operational in 1984. The Company was corporatised in 1991 and subsequently privatised in 1995 as PSC Naval Dockyard Sdn Bhd. In 2005, the Company was taken over by Boustead Holdings, a diversified Malaysian business conglomerate belonging to the Armed Forces Provident Fund, and the Company’s name was changed in August of the same year to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. Strategically located within the main base of Royal Malaysian Navy, Lumut, Perak. Boustead Naval Shipyard is part of the Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation or BHIC, a public listed company on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, along with its other associated companies, Boustead Penang Shipyard and Boustead Langkawi Shipyard.
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