| Danial Norjidi |
BRUNEI Gas Carriers SdnBhd (BGC) marked a significant milestone yesterday by being the first blue water shipping company in Brunei to be issued a Document of Compliance by the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD).
Following the successful audits by Bureau Veritas on behalf of MPABD, BGC is now officially recognised as a fully-fledged ship manager, with BGC’s A-Class vessel, SS Abadi, being the first vessel to be managed and operated exclusively under BGC’s safety management system.
The Document of Compliance was presented during a handover ceremony that took place at the BGC Office in Kampong Jerudong.
At the event, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, in his capacity as Chairman of the MPABD Board, witnessed the official handover of the Document of Compliance from MPABD Chief Executive Haji Mohd Salihin bin Haji Aspar to BGC’s Designated Person Ashore (DPA) Captain Mohammad Shahbirin bin Haji Ibrahim.
Also in attendance to witness the event were representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, MPABD and BGC.
In his welcoming remarks, BGC’s Managing Director John Cook touched on the significance of BGC’s achievement, highlighting that it further demonstrates BGC’s commitment to realise its mission of developing the nation’s resources for safe, reliable and sustainable maritime transportation.
He underlined that this was a significant milestone for BGC which could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of BGC and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (STASCO) personnel, both onshore and offshore, over the past five years.
The managing director added that this achievement would also not have been possible without the continuous support greatly appreciated from BGC’s shareholders and directors, past and present.
On SS Abadi officially being the first vessel to be managed and operated exclusively under BGC’s safety management system, he said, “With Abadi’s success, BGC is going ‘full steam ahead’, with the rest of the fleet planned to undergo the same process of certification, with Arkat and Amali up next, and thereafter Amani and Amadi, completing BGC’s Ship Management Transition by the end of quarter 1, 2020 as planned.”
Established in 1998, BGC aspires to develop its services and expand beyond the delivery of LNG.