UK-based ship owning and shipping services group, Graig Ship Management, has unveiled a safe and secure anchorage at Batam, Galang Bay on Indonesia’s Galang Island. The anchorage is suitable for hot and cold lay-up, maintenance, survey, underwater cleaning, tank cleaning and other relevant services.
Galang Bay meets the requirements of insurance companies in that it is located away from typhoon-affected areas. Significantly, laid-up and idle vessels are safe from piracy, theft and vandalism. The entire bay is constantly monitored from a purpose built control tower and vessels are electronically tracked as well as being in close radio communication. Superintendents and crew can be accommodated in purpose-built chalets overlooking the bay.
“Traditional lay-up sites and anchorages remain congested. Graig has a very good relationship with the Indonesian authorities and has onsite Indonesian partners so we have been able to develop this mooring site into an excellent area for lay-up and general services,” said Geoff Hutcheon, general manager, Graig Services (Singapore) Pte.
“GSM is able to support the whole process from planning through to lay-up and reactivation. GSM’s agreement with Indonesian partners BDP means costs are competitive. With us, one fixed monthly fee covers a safe mooring, port dues, dehumidification, 24/7 watchmen, routine tasks and maintenance, reporting and record keeping,” he added.