Oakley Steel supports the shipbuilding industry in Asia with a range of higher strength plates to ASTM A131.
Our plates are normally classified by Lloyds Register and DNV and are available up to 150mm. Higher thicknesses are available but these are usually to S355 J2 + N or S355 K2 + N which may be suitable in some circumstances.
Our main stock is in Grade A, AH36 , DH36 and EH36 where we specialise in being able to supply significant quantities of heavy plates from 50mm through to 150mm. The plates are all from Dillinger Hutte and come with a 3.2 MTC to EN10204. A full range of tests are performed at the mill – many come with Z35 through thickness testing automatically – but if not this can always be done additionally.
Yield values are excellent with many being tested to -50 and some having values sufficient to be retested to -60C – though obviously with some risk.
Asian Shipbuilding Industry Customers
Most of our customer base for shipbuilding steels is concentrated in Singapore and Batam. This is because the shipyards there generally tend to focus on more complex and difficult projects higher up the value chain. With strong tradition in Singapore of making both rigs, and more recently converting tankers to FPSOs there is both the skill base and the infrastructure available to deliver large and complex projects. This requires a lot of offshore and shipbuilding steels and have delivered large quantities on an ex-stock basis for fast track projects
Much of the fabrication work is done in satellite yards in Batam. Batam is one of the chain of Indonesian islands closest to Singapore and with a low population they provide plentiful space for large fabrication yards. This also helps keep Singaporean companies competitive as the cost of reclaimed land in Tuas and Jurong is significantly higher than the normal industrial rents in SE Asia.
Other shipbuilding industry customers are based in Klang in Malaysia and on the Java coast of Indonesia – Cilegon, Jakarta and Surabaya all require high strength shipbuilding steel. Much comes from local mills such as Krakatoa, or Korea’s Posco but there is lively demand for the heavier plates nonetheless.
Delivery of Shipbuilding Plates to the Asian Shipbuilding Industry
With one of the largest stocks of heavy steel plates in the world we offer customers high availability of special plates from our central warehouse in the Netherlands. Close to the major steel shipping port of Antwerp we can deliver plate on an ex-stock basis to Singapore in less than a month (depending on shipping availability and plate and order size). For wide platres ( from 2.2 upwards) the shipping time can take slightly longer as there are fewer vessels and the port possibilities are more restricted