Surya Nautika Sdn. Bhd. is a privately-owned company which emerged on 5 July 2017 following the acquisition of a licensed Petronas contractor namely Nearfield Petroleum Services Sdn. Bhd., which was then renamed by the new owners as Surya Nautika. The original entity (Nearfield Petroleum Services Sdn. Bhd.) was incorporated on 12 March 1996.

Surya Nautika specialises in the marine transportation and offshore support services for the Malaysian’s offshore oil and gas industry. Its main clients include major oil and gas companies such as Petronas, Shell, ExxonMobil as well as other local and international oil and gas contractors. Currently the company owns/operates 7 crew boats but plans for expanding the number of vessels owned and managed.

Surya Nautika is also affiliated to CMI Offshore Ltd, a global offshore support vessel provider which currently operates in more than 5 countries and with enviable and proven operating and safety records and certifications, and to the Irish Mainport Group which provides marine services in Ireland and seismic support services on a worldwide basis. CMI Offshore’s major shareholder is the Greek World Carrier Group which provides floating storage solutions for marginal oilfields in Nigeria with a combination of storage and shuttle tankers as well as AHTS and associated support vessels.



Muhamad Faez bin Ab Gani :: Executive Director

Mr. Muhamad Faez is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience in financial services which covering management finance, corporate finance, financial reporting and auditing. He holds Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Mara Institute of Technology. He is also a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA).

He started his career in 2002 as an audit associates with a chartered public accounting firm; Azman Wong Salleh & Co. In 2005, he moved to one of the Big Four Accounting Firm; Ernst & Young. During his time with Ernst & Young, he managed a portfolio of companies consisting of listed entities and GLCs involved in the sectors such as oil & gas, heavy engineering, shipping, plantations, property developments and investment properties.

He left Ernst & Young in 2011 and joined Syarikat Borcos Shipping Sdn. Bhd. (“Borcos”) as the Head of Finance and Strategic Planning. Borcos is one of the biggest marine service providers for oil and gas sector in Malaysia and is a leading player in the fast crew boat segment of the Malaysian market. He also holds a number of directorship positions within the group.

He later joined Surya Nautika on March 2018.

Captain Zulkifly Hj. Abu Naim :: Chief Operating Officer

Captain Zulkifly Abu Naim began his seafaring career at the age of 17 as a Navigating Officer Cadet with Neptune Orient Line Singapore Pte Ltd. In 1986, he joined Transocean Line as a Chief Officer and received his master’s qualification in 1989. He came ashore in 1990’s and undertook several management roles in Private limited company

Captain Zulkifly Abu Naim is a certified Class Survey, Charter Requirement, and Complained, HSE, ISM & ISPS Internal Audit, Charterer Operation Marine Audit. Captain Zulkifly has over 30 years hands-on experience in the Marine Oil and Gas industry specialising in Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) Ultra-Fast Crew Boat (UFCB)AHTS, PSV, DSV and flotels (AWB). He has extensive knowledge and contacts in the OSV industry and prior to joining Surya Nautika , he was the Managing Director at Premier Regional Power (M) Sdn Bhd , the offshore marine oil and gas services provider. His key responsibilities include leading the team in spear-heading the overall Business Development, marketing efforts and contractual negotiations in key markets across different time zones in various continents.

Faizal Bin Abd Aziz :: Director

Mr Faizal B Abd Aziz joined the Company in July 2017 as the Head of Engineering for Engineering Division. He heads several engineers which are primarily responsible in Project Management, Engineering, Marine and Underwater Services for Offshore Transportation and Installation businesses.
Mr Faizal holds a Master of Science and Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Leeds Metropolitan University (UK).
He started his career in 2007 as field engineer in construction company and started involved in Oil and Gas sector in 2008 as project engineer. He joined Sapura Kencana Petroleum Berhad in 2012 and possesses extensive experiences in offshore transportation and installation, project management and marine subsea. He left Sapura Kencana Petroleum in 2016 and joined Subsurf Sdn Bhd where he lead Engineering department in marine subsea business before he joined Surya Nautika Sdn Bhd in 2017 as head of engineering.
He is a highly capable, result driven, & achievement oriented resource works who has 15 years extensive experience largely in the oil & gas sector, with proven track record to leverage domain expertise & knowledge to oversee engineering design & conceptual study, drive critical project management operations, manage installation engineering, hook up & commissioning, & construction across all aspects of project life cycle, including transportation & installation of pipeline & structure, offshore & onshore field works, while operating in a highly challenging work environment

Richard Keisner :: Director

Born in Montreal Canada in 1951, Mr. Richard grew up in the United Kingdom where he trained as a Chartered Accountant and qualified in 1973. After working in both London and Montreal he subsequently joined the banking industry in London where he worked for 17 years for Nordic Bank Ltd (subsequently renamed Den Norske Bank and now DnB Nor). After initially working on the Finance side of the bank, including a year as Acting Chief Financial Officer, he then moved to the Shipping Finance department for 12 years as a Director and member of the Bank’s credit committee.
In 1992 Richard became Principal of own private consulting business (Teresta Ltd), advising various clients on corporate development and marine strategy which included:

Advisor to Midland and Scottish Resources PLC on ongoing development and restructuring of Emerald Field asset financing.
Development of business for World Carrier Group including initial purchase and charter of FSO Ailsa Craig, and expansion of Caribbean joint venture for mixed international trading vessels.
Development and execution of marine strategy for Maurel et Prom to enable operation and eventual disposal of 2 cable-lay vessels and assistance in sale of 1 drillship.
Advisor to BUE Group in its development from a ship manager of offshore vessels for the Azerbaijan State Shipping Company into the Caspian Sea leading offshore services company up until the sale of the business in 2005.

In 2004 he became the International Business Adviser to Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd (IMHL), developing the Ocean Mainport Ltd standby business as a joint venture between Sartor AS of Norway, IMHL and himself. The Ocean Mainport business was built up from one vessel to 17 ships and the IMHL/Keisner interests were acquired by their Norwegian partner in 2008.
In 2005 he founded the CMI Offshore Ltd Group of Companies, together with IMHL.  The ownership subsequently expanded with World Carrier Group of Greece investing in the business and with IMHL’s interests being acquired by World Carrier as CMI expanded and IMHL focused on other areas. IMHL are currently now reinvesting in CMI businesses.
The CMI business grew significantly over its life reaching a peak of 27 vessels in 2016 before scaling back to the current fleet of 22 vessels. The business is now less focused on the Caspian and operating in a range of emerging markets.


Rahayu binti Abd Ghani :: Director

Pn. Rahayu Binti Abd Ghani is the Principal Partner of Rahayu Partnership. She graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree. Upon completing her Certificate in Legal Practice and being called to the Malaysian Bar in 1999, she started her practice in a Maritime Law firm in Subang Jaya where she gained experience especially in shipping, admiralty and insurance cases.

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