Mark, 28 June 2009Langkawi Gazette - Solar Boat of JungleWalla

No Noise, No Cost, No Pollution

JungleWalla Nature Tours has just gotten Langkawi’s first Solar Powered Boat.

“ It has been Irshad’s wish for quite a while to have an environmental friendly motor boat to reduce noise, fuel and exhaust pollutants. Early this year that dream came true when we met Philip Johnston, director of Power Eco Energy Solutions.”

Bob: 02.06.09  New Straits Times.

Container ship joins navy to fight pirates.

A container ship has joined the navy as an auxiliary vessel on its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. MISC Bhd, in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy and the National Security Council converted the MV Bunga Mas Lima to escort and protect its ships sailing through the pirate-infested gulf off the coast of Somalia.

15.05.2009/ by aejae: 14th May 09

Kuah Harbour, 20 May 2009

At 07.15 a yachtie spotted a partially submerged dinghy adrift in the north part of Kuah Harbor approximately 1 km off the shore in front of Bella Vista hotel.

As he prepared to investigate, a small longtail fishing boat with 2 fishermen aboard arrived at the dinghy and after investigating took it in tow.

( Story & Photo from "The Nation")
The much-awaited sea ambulance has finally arrived in Langkawi. The sea ambulance is a ferry which has been equipped with the latest medical equipment. It also has a room for patients and a medical team to accompany them during the journey. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ferry would be used to send patients to the mainland for treatment and for sea rescue.
The people in Langkawi had been asking for such an ambulance and now the Government has fulfilled its promise to get one.

Emergency ship: Liow, Ong and Dr Mahathir viewing the sickbay of the sea ambulance ‘Suhail’ at Perdana Quay in Langkawi yesterday. With them are (from left) the director-general of the marine Department Datuk Kapt. Ahmad Othman, Hospital Langkawi director Dr Selahudden Abdul Aziz and Langkawi MP Datuk Abu Bakar Taib.

 

 

 

 

“Patients from Langkawi previously were transferred using the normal ferry or a chartered ferry,” he told reporters after jointly launching the sea ambulance with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat at Telaga Harbour Park here yesterday.

Liow said the ministry spent about RM500,000 last year to charter ferries to send patients with chronic illnesses to the mainland, adding that with this sea ambulance, the ministry was able to reduce costs and dependency on such ferries.

“In 2007/ 2008, 154 and 142 patients respectively were sent to mainland hospitals using these ferries.” During the same press conference, Ong said the sea ambulance in Langkawi was among seven approved under the Eighth and Ninth Malaysia Plan. “The other six sea ambulances were placed in Port Klang, Mersing, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Pangkor, Kuala Terengganu and Labuan. The ambulances cost RM56mil.”

( This story is from 'The Star') 

Tun Dr Mahathir Moha­mad’s favourite phrase –
“Apa nama? (What’s the name ?)" is now a yacht.

The vessel, which is still under construction at the Langkawi international marina, is expected to be ready in September. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat presented Dr Mahathir, who is an avid sailing enthusiast, with a registration certificate for his yacht "Apanama" here yesterday.

The 11-metre-long yacht, being built by local boat company J.G. Chal­lenge Sdn Bhd, is the 100th vessel registered with the Marine Department’s Langkawi International Yacht Registry. "Apanama" can seat 22 crew members and passengers and can do 17 knots.

Later, when asked by reporters why he chose to name his vessel "Apanama", the usually outspoken Dr Mahathir smiled, his sense of humour showing. During his days as Prime Minister, he was known to punctuate his sentences with “apanama”. The phrase later became associated with him and used by both friends and foes to describe him.

In his speech, Ong said the construction was proof that local boating companies were capable of competing with foreign firms in building quality boats and yachts for the international market.
FOOTNOTE: (by staff member: Bob McKean) "Apanama" is an 11 mtr (36 ft) power boat catamaran constructed in GRP Fibreglass. The twin outboard engines will attain a top speed of 17 knots with up to 22 passengers and  crew. Designed as a 'day boat' only, it will have a galley and bathroom facilities. 

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