Our Company, Our People, Our Services, Our Management System
Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad (BGC) was established in 1998 and is a joint venture company incorporated in Brunei Darussalam by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam), Shell Gas B.V. and Diamond Gas Carriers B.V.
BGC currently owns five A-Class vessels (Abadi, Arkat, Amali, Amani and Amadi) ranging from 137,000 m3 to 154,800 m3, BGC also provides management services to Brunei Shell Tankers Sendirian Berhad (BST) that owns two B-class vessels range from 75,000m³ and 77,000m³ .
The primary mission of providing safe and reliable delivery of LNG to Brunei Darussalam’s overseas customers is upheld by Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) and Brunei Shell Tankers Sdn Bhd (BST).
These sister companies are firmly committed to the aspiration of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to oversee and create employment for Bruneians pursuing a marine career.
In parallel to its aspiration, the Company has increased their efforts to strengthen its entire workforce in order to support this growth with proper personal development of our people, both onshore and offshore.In 2011, BGC began operating its own Fleet Management department where all operational aspects within Brunei’s LNG Fleet are managed by a team consisting of local BGC staff and STASCO. The aim is to prepare and establish BGC as a competent and reliable ship manager of its own fleet and potentially others.
The Bruneianisation Program is an initiative in support of His Majesty’s Government to see the involvement of Bruneians in all aspects of the Oil and Gas industry. Introduced in 1999, it also seeks to increase Bruneian resources, provide sustainable employment and development of Bruneians in the Maritime Industry as illustrated below.
Whilst BGC employs 100% Bruneians for its onshore operations, we along with the continuous support from EIDPMO, the goal of Brunei’s LNG Fleet to be fully manned by our locals now seem like a stone throw away.
An Overview of the Bruneian LNG Fleet
The delivery of Bruneian LNG to Japan began with the s.s. Gadinia in 1972. This vessel was later joined by 6 other vessels, all of which would be owned by Brunei Shell Tankers Sdn Bhd. These steamship vessels each with an average cargo capacity of 75,000m³ were named after local fish; i.e. Bebatik (previously known as the Gadinia),Bekalang, Bekulan, Belais, Belanak, Bilis and Bubuk or collectively called the B-Class vessels. Delivery routes were later expanded in 1994 to include South Korea.
In 2002, BGC emerged as a second charterer for BLNG with its vessel, the Abadi. In 2012, BGC’s two newbuilt vessels, the M.V. Arkat and M.V. Amali joined the Fleet and collectively these vessels are known as the A-Class vessels.
Both the A and B-Class vessels are managed by STASCO and have throughout its journeys achieved delivery milestones for the nation and earned numerous awards for its operations.
Abadi is internationally the first LNG vessel to have received the Lloyd’s Register Environmental Protection Notation Certification and was shortlisted in the Top 3 under the Innovation in Shipbuilding Category for Tankers at the Lloyd’s List-SMM 2002 Awards.
All B-Class vessels are certified with the ‘Green Passport’ by Lloyd’s Register for the safe carriage of all hazardous materials onboard and, for the safety procedure to protect employees from these materials. All operations onboard comply with the Health, Safety & Security Environment (HSSE) Maritime Regulatory bodies and certifications; i.e. International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Ship Facilities Security (ISPS), Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Marine Pollution (MARPOL) and the Standard of Training Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers ’95 (STCW’95) to name but a few.
In the efforts to ensure that incident reporting complies with the regulations put into place, all vessels have been fitted with the Omnisafe HSSE Incident Reporting Software in 2005.
Within the duration of its service to BST, these vessels have each achieved historical moments in LNG history. The Bebatik, the eldest of the vessels, was awarded with the highest classification of the Continuous Assessment Programme (CAP1) rating for Cargo, Machinery & Plant Equipment in 2005. In the same year, its sister vessel; the Belais was awarded with the highest classification of the CAP1 rating for their machinery & cargo systems in 2005. This success was repeated in the following year for the Bekalang, Bekulan and Bubuk.
The CAP is an assessment grading; ranging from 1 to 4, made on the general condition of the vessel. By having achieved the CAP grading of 1, both vessels are deemed to be maintained to high standards with an overall condition to be similar to that of a new vessel.
In May 2002, the Bekulan successfully carried out the Suez Canal transit for the BLNG Barcelona delivery.
His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a visit onboard the Bubuk at the Sodegaura Terminal, Japan in June 2007. His Majesty was also given a tour of the Sodegaura Terminal.
As of recent, the Belanak was awarded by Tokyo Electric in recognition of the delivery of its 100 Millionth tonnes of LNG to its Futtsu Terminal.
The youngest and the biggest star of all the vessels; the Bilis has made more than a few achievements over the last couple of years starting with being the first of the B Class vessels to be issued with an Environment Notation Certification from Lloyd’s Register. It is also the first to obtain the Lloyd’s Register’s ‘Green Passport’ Certification. On 15 June 2005, she delivered BLNG’s 5000th cargo on 15 June 2005 at the Negishi Terminal, Japan. She repeated this success with an added element of international acclaim for the 6000th ship delivery from all LNG projects worldwide, to arrive at Sodegaura, Japan in July 2007.
As new advancements in designs and technology as well as the introduction of new shipping legislations, BST have recycled the Belais, Bekalang and Belanak paving the way for the newer vessels to continue its LNG deliveries for the nation.
Brunei Shell Tankers Sdn Bhd (BST)
Established in 1986, BST is co-owned by the Bruneian Government, Shell Gas B.V. and Diamond Gas B.V. with shares of 50-25-25 respectively.
Previously managed by BSP, provisions of managerial and administrative services are currently carried out by BGC since June 2005.
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