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MT Bunga Mas

MT Bunga Mas Lima (BM5) is a container freighter purchased by the Royal Malaysian Navy and converted into an auxiliary ship. Launched in Malaysia on 2008, BM5 was the second ship owned by the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC) to be deployed to the Gulf of Aden following its launch on 8 August at the Malaysian Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd shipyard in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

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. This follows the 2008 hijacking of two MISC ships there. In a statement yesterday, MISC said the conversion was carried out by its heavy engineering arm Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd. The Bunga Mas Lima is the first Malaysian merchant ship to be converted into an auxiliary vessel for the navy.

It has a displacement of 9,000t and is propelled by a heavy fuel tank, cylinder oil tank, and a fresh water tank.The 132.8m-long ship was built by Malaysian Marine and heavy engineering and was launched in 1997. The auxiliary multi-purpose support ship was acquired in June 2009, and was converted by MISC to escort ships safely across the piracy stricken water passages.

Name MT Bunga Mas 5 and MT Bunga Mas 6 Enam
Namesake MT Bunga Mas 5 of the First Fleet
Builder Malaysian Marine and Heavy Engineering
Launched 1997
Acquired 1 June 2009
Commissioned 1 June 2009
Status in active service
Type Fleet Replenishment Vessel
Displacement 9,000 tonnes
Length 132.80 m (435.7 ft)
Beam 22.7 m (74 ft)
Draft 7.5 m (25 ft)
Heavy Fuel Oil Tank (used for cruising) 540 tonnes
Marine Diesel Oil Tank (used for generator) 50 tonnes
Cylinder Oil Tank 11,000 ltrs
Fresh Water Tank 980 tonnes
Speed 17.0 knots (31.5 km/h; 19.6 mph)
Armament Small arms
Aviation facilities Helicopter deck, hangar facilities

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