SHAH ALAM: LMS classification. The Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) comply with the Rules of Classification of Naval Ship 2016 (RCSNS 16) issued by China Classification Society (CCS), a member of the prestigious International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
What is a classification society then? According to the Maritime Connector,
it is a non-governmental organisation in the shipping industry, a classification society establishes and maintains technical standards for construction and operation of marine vessels and offshore structures. The primary role of the society is to classify ships and validate that their design and calculations are in accordance with the published standards.
According to Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC), the ships are capable of carrying out multi-mission roles and operating in all weather conditions. BHIC issued a release on the launch of the LMS today. a week after the RMN made the announcement. As the contractor to the government, BHIC is obliged to only make a release on its contract after prior approval.
BHIC Announced the Completion of Its Final of Four KERIS-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS4)
KUALA LUMPUR, December 23, 2020 – Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation
Berhad (BHIC), a subsidiary of Boustead Holdings Berhad, is proud to announce that
its associate company, Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), has launched the fourth
KERIS-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS4) belonging to the Royal Malaysian Navy
(RMN) on 16 December 2020.
LMS4 is the final of four units of LMS built in China by the Wuchang Shipbuilding
Industrial Group Shipyard (WSIG). The 68.8 meter-long ship with Pennant Number
114 entered the water in a ceremony held at WSIG’s facility in Wuhan, China and is
ready to undergo a series of Harbour Acceptance Tests and Trials (HATs), and
subsequently Sea Acceptance Tests and Trials (SATs).
LMS4 will be named at a special ceremony during its Physical Handing-Over to the
RMN, scheduled in November 2021. It will join RMN’s 11 th Patrol Vessel Squadron,
together with Kapal Diraja KERIS (LMS1), SUNDANG (LMS2) and the yet-to-be-
All four units of the LMS comply with the Rules of Classification of Naval Ship 2016
(RCSNS 16) issued by China Classification Society (CCS), a member of the
prestigious International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). These ships
are capable of carrying out multi-mission roles and operating in all weather
The LMS is a new class of RMN warships that will bolster Malaysia’s maritime
defence, as part of the RMN’s 15to5 Transformation Programme to replace current
warships and create an efficient, fit-for-purpose Fleet, in which RMN plans to have
18 units of LMS.
The LMS will be a significant addition to enhance RMN’s capability to conduct naval
operations, enforce Malaysia’s maritime law to safeguard its economic and strategic
interests, secure its vast maritime borders and promote naval diplomacy.
BHIC Chairman, Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ramlan Mohamed Ali (Retired) said
BHIC is proud of its contribution to the Nation’s maritime defence through the LMS
Programme. “The successful launchings of all 4 LMSs and the on-time handing-over
of Kapal Diraja KERIS to the RMN is a clear result of the very close working
relationship between RMN and BNS personnel tasked to oversee the Programme in
China. With our proven track record, we are hopeful of participating in the
subsequent batches of the LMS projects”, he said.
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