Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad (BGC) was established in 1998 and is a joint venture company incorporated in Brunei by the Bruneian government, Shell Gas B.V and Diamond Gas Carriers B.V.
Liquefied Natural Gas is one of Brunei’s major exports which contribute significantly to the nation’s economy. Since BGC’s establishment in 1998, the company has been a vital force in committing itself in delivering LNG cargoes to Brunei’s international clients.
BGC’s vessels have been delivering LNG cargoes to customers in Japan and Korea since 2002 and 2011 respectively. BGC’s ships also answer to other ports of call within the Asia Pacific region namely China, Malaysia and Taiwan. BGC currently owns five A-Class vessels (Abadi, Arkat, Amali, Amani and Amadi). This year will be a historical year for BGC where they will see the last two B-Class ships decommissioned, which in turn marks the end of the provision of management services to BST.
Currently, the business opportunities for BGC are centered on the provision of services to BLNG. Further to that, BGC aspires to develop its services and expand beyond the delivery of LNG.
BGC currently employs three local Captains and six Chief Engineers, a figure they aim to boost through their Cadetship Programme. The main objective is to create opportunities for young Bruneians to pursue their aspiration to be part of the oil and gas industry, especially in the area of marine transportation.
In August 2015, BGC opened its doors to female cadets for the first time under the Cadetship Programme. The candidates undergo the same programme as the male cadets and are given equal opportunities for progression. BGC is looking for- ward to welcoming its first Bruneian female officer who will be graduating from the programme at the end of the year which will yet again, represent a significant milestone for BGC and Brunei’s maritime industry as a whole.
The programme is also an integral part of BGC’s initi- ative towards creating a majority local workforce. A key aspect of BGC at present is the development of Bruneian seafarers from cadet level all the way up to Senior Management.
To date, BGC employs both seafarers and office- based staff where a majority of 89 per cent are Bruneian. Out of that number, there are currently six Bruneians holding top management positions in BGC out of the total seven.
Looking ahead, the company’s target is to become a fully-fledged, self-functioning ship owner and ship manager by 2020, and at the same time, to look at other aspects of shipping within Brunei where the company can help grow and diversify its business to help support ongoing developments and provide maritime expertise in order to be the leading devel- oper of local shipping and maritime skills in support of Brunei Vision 2035.
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