Mak - General Manager - Bukit Batok, Singapore

Lester Mak

Bukit Batok, Singapore


Have been working for more than 30 years in the marine industrial. Of which, over 20 years experience in Project Management and General Management in MNC shipyards. Good technical skill in shipbuilding with strong commercial skill in contract management.


General Manager


More than 20 years working experiences in General management and project management at senior management for MNC shipyards.

Work History

Consultant/Managing Director

LKM Consultant Pte Ltd

Managing Director

LKM Consultant Pte Ltd

2010 to 2012
Start up a consultant and broking services company for fast ferries and offshore support vessels in 2010. I have provided my service to Tinian Shipping and Transportation Inc. as their vessel management consultant and later actively helping them in selling the vessel. Subsequently I was hired by Willhelmsen Ship Management Pte Ltd as a consultant for the management of the same vessel. My customers are mainly vessel's owners and shipyards worldwide. Throughout these years in the marine industrial, I have built up a good working relationship and wide net working with ship owners, ship brokers, shipyards, ship material vendors, sub-contractors, classification societies etc. As a Managing Director of this company, my primary role now is in business development and project execution. Business development for consultancy services, sales & purchase for all types of vessels, vessels chartering, trading of vessel's building material & spare parts, diesel, LNG etc.

2013 to Present
Secured a contract to perform phase one of consultancy services for improving the shipyard efficiency and shipyard expansion, the client is PT Perusahaan Pelayaran Rusianto Bersaudar. Perform shipyard organization review and audit, shipyard operation system review and audit, shipyard facilities review and audit and shipyard safety & environment health review and audit. After completing all the reviews and audits, I make a report with recommendation for enhancement and improvement.

Senior Contract Management Manager

Macgregor Plimsoll Pte Ltd

Senior Contract Management Manager

Macgregor Plimsoll Pte Ltd

I was head hunted, as a Senior Contract Management Manager. Macgregor was under Cargotec group of companies, and Cargotec has acquired Plimsoll Corp. in 2007 and structured the company under one of Macgregor's division. I was hired to start up and set up the Contract Management department. My role is to assist the Managing Director in restructuring of the organization, create and fine tune operations processes. Integrating the manufacturing operation located in Singapore, Tianjin (China) and Surabaya (Indonesia). Develop and coach Contract Managers in project management, contract review and contract risk management.

Manager, Project

Damen Group

Damen Shipyards Singapore Pte Ltd

Mananger, Project

Damen Group

In year 2000, Damen Shipyards group from Holland acquires Kvaerner Fjellstrand (S) Pte Ltd. Damen Shipyards group is reputable and well known for building tugs, fast crew supply vessel, petrol vessel, pilot's vessel etc. I was one of the ex- kvaerner Fjellstrand employees that remain behind, my roles and responsibilities remain unchanged but the range of product handled is more and wider. From 1995 to 2007, I have been overall in-charge of the execution and delivery of around 100 vessels to our customer worldwide. I have assisted in selling around 40 vessels and bring in average around SGD 500,000 amount of repair work for the yard annually. I was the only person in-charge of conducting and performing all Evacuation trials for vessels prior to delivery with classification society and flag stated. In addition, from year 2002 to 2006, I was overall in-charge of building 3 new ferry vessels in Afai Southern Shipyard at Panyu, Gaungzhou, China. The vessels were sub contracted to Afai due to work overload in our Singapore shipyard. I spent half the time in Singapore and the other half in China.

Seminar attended:
Successful Project Management.

Manager, Project

Kvaerner Fjellstand Pte Ltd

1997 to 2000
My role & responsibilities are in-charged and overseeing the function of several departments inclusive of staff recruitment, staff training and staff development. Department heads from Planning & Control Department, Quality Control Department, Project Management Department, After Sales Service Department, Safety & Environment Health Department and Repair & Service Department report to me directly. Department heads from Engineering & Design Department and Procurement Department report to me indirectly. I was intensively involved in all the works of the functional department that under my care.

Planning & Control Department main roles & responsibilities:
- Update and maintain department working procedure.
- Make projects master schedule.
- Make individual project schedule.
- Make individual project progress reports.
- Make individual project efficiency reports.
- Make pre-contract project cost estimation.
- Etc.

Quality Control Department main roles & responsibilities:
- Update and maintain department working procedure.
- Make individual project quality control plan.
- Co-ordinate and perform surveys with classification society or flag state survey.
- Make individual project survey reports.
- Make individual project non-conformance reports.
- Witness and verify individual project testing and commissioning.
- Etc.

Project Management Department main roles & responsibilities:
- Update and maintain department working procedure.
- Review and evaluate individual project contracts, specifications and cost estimation, pre-contract.
- Perform risk management on individual project contracts, specifications and cost estimation, pre-contract.
- Pre-contract clarification meeting for individual project with contracting party.
- Work with contracting party to complete individual project in compliance to contract and specification.
- Work with contracting party on all change orders for individual project.
- Cost and quality control of individual project and ensure...

Head of Customer Support Department

Kvaerner Fjellstrand Pte Ltd

my roles & responsibilities are to develop and improve the operating system for Project Management, Safety & Environment Health and Quality Control of the company with the assistance of the Quality Assurance Engineer. I was also in-charged of the company internal auditors committee. My role is also including assisting the Sales & Marketing department in cost estimation during bidding stage, technical presentation and technical clarification.

Appointed as Company Chief Auditor for ISO 9000 Internal Quality Audit.

Project Manager

Kvaerner Fjellstrand (S) Pte Ltd

Project Superintendent

Haven Automation Pte Ltd

for fabrication, installation, testing and commissioning of Jerneh 'A' Production and Compression platform on Electrical and Instrumentation works. Main contractor is SIme Sembawang and the end user is EPMI, work site at Pasir Gudang, Johor.

Project Manager

Kvaerner Fjellstrand Pte Ltd

in-charged of new construction of all
Aluminum type catamaran. This shipyard is part of the Norwegian group, Kvaerner. Kvaerner is one of the largest groups of companies that at well known in the Oil & Gas, Shipbuilding, Pulp & Paper, Hydro Power Industrial etc. My responsibilities are to ensure that the fast ferries are constructed in accordance to signed specification, contract, classification society rules and regulation and marine authority requirement of each country flag state where the fast ferry operate. This includes quality control, on time delivery and the overall project cost is within budget.

Course attended:
- General Management program conducted by Singapore Institute of Management.
- Project Management programme conducted by Norwegian University of Trondheim.

Promote to Head of Customer Support Department, reporting to Senior Operation Manager.

Instrument Engineer

Haven Automation Pte Ltd

for the Conoco Drilling Platform in Far East Livingston (now Keppel FELS) and was also appointed as Project Superintendent for the QGPC living quarters platform on fabrication, installation, testing and commissioning on the instrumentation works for Sembawang Engineering (now SMOE). In-charge of bidding, detail engineering, material take off Inclusive of purchasing and project execution. Project execution involved both technical and commercial matters with full authorities on site. Managed a team of 6 key personals including 90 to 100 subcontracted workers on site. Resolved site problems for key personals, distribution/organize site activities, co ordination with main contractor and end user. Organize /chair project meeting, planning, monitoring progress, cost control, understand the contract, specification and scope of work thoroughly. Dealing with sub contractor and main contractor variation work claims, progress claims etc are with my scope of responsibility.

Seminar attended:
Project Management programme conducted by Applied Technology Pte Ltd.

Received the Top Performer Award from Alfa Laval, this award was awarded within the whole Haven Group of companies for year 1989 to 1990.

Project Engineer

Haven Automation (S) Pte Ltd

Was Project Engineer

Join Haven Automation (S) Pte Ltd

in Engineering department assisted in the design for Wellhead control panel and Instrument control panel for Sabah Shipyard and MSE.

Was Project Engineer for 2 nos of Flood System Control Modules, Jacket Structure OCS-P-0182 (Exxon USA).Overall in-charge of reflagging project vessel M/V Faust in Sembawang Shipyard, which involved in complete instrumentation work for Marine Project department.

Assist Naval Architect

Singapore Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd.

in the Design department. Scope of work includes design and estimation for fire protection system and equipment. Material planning for naval craft such as RSN missile Gun Boat and the India inshore patrol vessels.

Assist Naval Architect with the design of the 14.5m aluminium PT boat for the police coast guard. Scope of work includes design, construction and conduct inclining experiment complete with calculation. Also involved in design of a improve version of the 14.5m aluminum hull, luxury speed boat for Brunei Sultan. After completion on design, I was assigned to be full time on site to assist Project Manager overseeing the project till completion.

Attended course:

Core skill training programmed and management course for junior executives, conducted by 6m Management Consultants Pte Ltd, a member of Manhattan Consulting Group. Subsequently, I have completed an inhouse training programmed conducted by computer vision on Cad/Cam. Practical training and working project on Cad station for half a year.

Assistance Engineer

Singapore Shipbuilding & Engineering

Lead 2 teams of draftsmen for mechanical & structural work

Jurong Shipyard Ltd

Assisted Design Engineer on design and planning work. Also work on DNV (FEMA) software program. The 3 dimensional beam analysis, a structural stress/strength calculation for complicated structure. I was called on site from time to time to rectify design and technical problems. Planned and coordinated hull construction, erection and outfitting installation sequence for projects.

Senior Draftsman

Jurong Shipyard Ltd

During the 2 years, I was attached to 5 different sections of various disciplines, Basic design, Structural, Piping, Marine outfitting and Mechanical. Scope of work includes Design, Estimation, and Planning for 3 importance parts in shipbuilding. On design, I was trained to understand and generate key and fabrication drawings base on standards, classification rules, customer's specifications of various disciplines. Learn to cultivate good working attitude, good human relationship, and Simplicity and cost effectiveness design. For Estimation and Planning, I was attached to the site to monitor the actual amount of manhours spent on the fabrication and the rest of the construction/ installation work till the completion of the 116m Container vessel.

Senior Draftsman

Jurong Shipyard Ltd

Role & Experience:

Senior Draftsman

Jurong Shipyard Ltd

Scope of work include design of detail fabricate drawing for production purpose. Develop all ship owner supply design into detail for owner and classification society approval. Plan drawings schedule for production and assisted fabrication Foremen through out the entire project.

Qualifications & Certifications

Project Management

University of Trondheim

Management Accounting for Non Financial Managers

Singapore Institute of Management

City & Guilds of London Institute

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Dunearn Secondary Technical School

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