Abu Dhabi Ship Building to boost MRO focus
Abu Dhabi, March 27, 2012
Abu Dhabi Ship Building, a leading shipbuilder and naval support services provider and a strategic affiliate of Mubadala, is stepping up its focus on maintenance, repairs and overhauling (MRO) services.
Abu Dhabi Ship Building is currently showcasing its advanced MRO capabilities at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (Dimidex), a specialised maritime defence exhibition in the Middle East being held from March 26 to 28 at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
“We are keen on leveraging our vast expertise in MRO services with the increased focus on this domain. Our world-class shipbuilding and repair facility has given us a significant competitive edge in the regional market, as we are able to undertake new construction projects in steel, aluminium alloy or composite materials,” said Mohamed Salem Al Junaibi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ship Building.
“During the ongoing Dimidex exhibition we are targeting long-term contracts and strategic partnerships, taking advantage of the growing demand for specialised naval support services in the region. The event also serves as an important venue to showcase our unique capabilities, adding momentum to our growth plans in the region.”
Each year Abu Dhabi Ship Building handles approximately 300 repair and upgrade projects for vessels like tugs, barges, landing craft, dredgers, work boats, crew boats, diving vessels, supply and safety vessels and anchor handling tug boats. Most of these jobs involve dry docking, although some are carried out afloat and offsite.
Abu Dhabi Ship Building carries out daily maintenance and repair tasks for military clients in the UAE as well as foreign navies.
It has fleet maintenance contracts with the UAE Navy, UAE Coast Guard and the recently established Critical National Infrastructure Authority. It also has long-term fleet maintenance contracts with leading offshore fleet operators.
During Dimidex, Abu Dhabi Ship Building also announced that the first and second vessels of the Baynunah Corvette Class Program will be delivered to the UAE Navy by the end of summer, while also highlighting the capabilities of the other vessels under construction, including the fourth vessel of the Baynunah project named “Mezyad” that was recently launched.
Other high-profile projects of the company include the 34 high-speed interceptor vessels for the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), and a project with the UAE Navy to build 12 and upgrade another 12 Ghanatha brand boats each measuring 27 metres.
Abu Dhabi Ship Building recently completed upgrade programmes at the company’s facility, including the extension of the quay wall by about 155 meters, and the completion of a new pontoon and an electrical substation. The expansion programme enables the company to accommodate more vessels for fit outs, tests and trials. – TradeArabia News Service