Asry sets up division for military projects
Manama, July 14, 2014
Bahrain-based ship and rig repair yard Asry has launched a new department dedicated to military projects, as it seeks to capture approximately 60 per cent of the regional naval market.
The new Navy Defence and Industrial Projects (NDIP) Department is headed by Anthony Haile, formerly of the UK Royal Navy, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It is aimed at expanding Asry's strong experience in the defence sector as a key differentiator from other regional yards. The firm currently has approximately 45 per cent share of the regional naval business.
"Naval repair work requires a very specific skill set and unique standards, which we have built up over recent years," Asry chief executive Nils Kristian Berge said.
"By focussing that knowledge into a specialised team, we can ensure naval customers that we speak their language when it comes to marine repair.
"This move has already seen results, with a unique invitation to the UK defence ministry to discuss future collaborations."
Bahrain is the host to two of the largest fleets in the region, the UK and US, as well as Bahrain's own naval resources, and Asry has been the popular choice for their repair work with 60 vessels docking at the yard in the past five years.
This number is set to increase dramatically over the next two years, as Asry invests heavily, including in the embedding of a new MAN-Diesel workshop onsite as an original equipment manufacturer.
This move alone is attracting US attention as their fleet primarily use MAN-Diesel engines.
Meanwhile, further negotiations are under way with the local Bahraini Navy for a more comprehensive ongoing relationship.
Asry's recent Naval credentials have been growing in stature and gaining recognition.
An ongoing project in Saudi Arabia has seen Asry assist the BAE Systems Mid Life Update (MLU) of the Royal Saudi Naval Force fleet, undertaking 80 per cent of the refit work with a team of approximately 60 men.
Asry also has a forward support team based in Mina Salman port in Bahrain assisting with waterfront naval projects and maintenance support.
Also, as part of its customisation to particular naval repair sensitivities, Asry now operates the authorised access pass system developed by Saudi Defence Ministry Armed Forces Projects team, which ensures maximum confidentiality and risk management for its people working within these vessels. - TradeArabia News Service