Middlesex University alumnus Kamrul Choudhury received esteemed praise from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, after his company oversaw the successful launch of one of Asia's biggest ships recently.
As the Managing Director of Selat Melaka Shipbuilding Corp (SMSC), Kamrul was responsible for the successful launch of the Inai Kenanga, a Trailer Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD), which is the largest of its kind in Asia and the 3rd biggest in the world.
Prime Minister Najib Razak was the guest of honour for the dredger's launching ceremony and, according to Dredging and Port Construction magazine, described the 197.7m-long vessel as 'the pride of the nation' as he discussed the essential role it will play in helping grow the Malaysian economy.
Valued at a staggering $518 million, the Inai Kenanga is scheduled to spend the next three years deepening the southern Malaysian Port of Tanjung Pelepas, before moving on to other port-expansion and development projects.
"Today, what we never thought possible has become a reality in the form of such a large vessel, a vessel that can be our pride," the Prime Minister said in an interview with the industry magazine.
"It was absolutely unthinkable that a local company could produce a vessel that is now recognised as the largest in Asia."
The specialist TSHD, which can also be used in response to oil spill disasters, has a capacity of 33,335m3 and a dredging depth of up to 90m.
Kamrul, who graduated from Middlesex University in 2002 with a BA in Business Economics, said: "The launch of Inai Kenanga is an amalgamation of 18 months of detailed design and engineering from a European specialised naval architect firm and an additional 14 months for the hull construction including piping works, electrical cabling and hydraulic installation.
"The spirit of teamwork, innovative engineering and perseverance has been pivotal to the shipyard's success and we look forward to commissioning her and commencing sea-trails by Q1 2014."