SHAH ALAM: I AM aware that many people do not believe in luck but the saga of the RMN’s training ships certainly call for a dose of good luck – in buckets literally. One of the two boats apparently caught fire this morning as they were being completed at a shipyard in Lumut.
The ship that caught fire was Teguh Samudera, pennant number 272, the second training ship. Teguh and her sister ship, Gagah Samudera, were towed to the Grade One Marine Shipyard in Lumut, in mid-2015, for completion after being left incomplete for almost three years. The original builder, NGV Tech Sdn Bhd, went bust shortly after Teguh was launched in 2013.
According to Sinar Harian, Teguh Samudera, had a fire in its engine room.
The report stated that firemen from the Sitiawan Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the shipyard after receiving an emergency call at 9.59am. The firemen took about 20 minutes to douse the fire which affected five per cent of the ship’s engine room, according to the report.
RMN, meanwhile, in a press release stated that the fire only affected the canvas cover of the engine and not the engines itself. It stated that the GOM, the shipyard, is fully responsible for the incident and the cost of repairs.
A full survey is however needed to find the extent of the damage cause by the fire and the costs to repair it.
From the image which appeared in the Sinar Harian report, it appears that both training ships, Gagah and Teguh, were in the final stage of completion. Probably RMN finally got the funding for the completion of both ships although the fire will probably delayed the commissioning of Teguh.
For more travails of the training ships check out Malaysian Defence previous articles on the two ships.
Previously, RMN’s hydrographic ship, KD Mutiara, had to be rebuilt after it caught fire while undergoing a refit at the MMHE shipyard in Johor. The most famous fire involving an RMN ship was of course the former KD Inderapura which was decommissioned after devastating fire back in 2009. She had earlier been repaired after another fire in 2002.
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