MMHE marketing and sales general manager Manoel Gomes said the expansion plans for the shipyard in the next few years included a RM160 million workshop, which will be the biggest in the region, and also a new bulkhead and dredging at the waterfront expected to cost about RM200 million.He
said there are plenty of jobs for the shipyard and the question was not enough people as the industry was facing a high attrition rate.
In terms of offering better perks, the shipyards could not compete with the oil companies, he
said the problem was faced not only by Malaysian shipyards but also those in Singapore as many preferred to take experienced people from other organisations instead of having human capital development of their own.He
said MMHE was going for the niche market where it could get better margins instead of the mass ship building.Gomes
said that MMHE could not go into normal shipbuilding as the shipbuilders in South Korea, Japan and China could do it cheaper, and with no cluster of supporting industries here, most of the things required would have to be imported.