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August 25, 2009

First operation by Dubai 6,000 t ship lift

Drydocks World -- Dubai has successfully carried out its first operation on the advanced 6,000-tonne ship lift at the Industrial Precinct in Dubai Maritime City, where a 3,000 tonne capacity shiplift is already operational.

The new ship lift is 130 m long and 35 m wide, while the first is, 90 m long and 25 m wide. Manufactured by Hydraudyne Rexroth, both the shiplifts are capable of 14 m vertical travel with platforms and vessels.

The first operation with the 6,000 tonne unit saw it lift the M.Y. Bart Roberts, a mega yacht weighing 2,310 tonnes, and transporting it safely to one of the 11 dry berths in the 6000 tonne Ship Lift facility. It was carried out by the Drydocks World-- Dubai Ship Lift Operation Team in the presence of a number of officials from the company, including Mr. Hamed Bin Lahej, CEO -- Middle East Region and Nawal Saigal, Managing Director of Drydocks World -- Dubai. The event was hosted by Hamad Al Maghrabi, Director of the Jadaf facility and DMC-- Ship lift, a part of Drydocks World Dubai

"This is a milestone event that will significantly enhance our current vessel handling capabilities," said Hamad Al Maghrabi of the first operation on the 6000-tonne ship lift. He added: "The Middle East's largest computerized ship lift is now operational and we are very proud of this achievement." He said the new ship lift will enable the yard to handle larger vessels, workboats and yachts "which will tremendously sharpen our competitive edge." Ali Al Dabood, the Deputy Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, and Chief Operations Officer at DMC said: "One of our priorities as a maritime authority in Dubai is to support the existence of a strong ship maintenance and support infrastructure in Dubai. The successful operation and testing of the 6000 ton ship lift in DMC will certainly help position Dubai and the UAE as a main player in the global shipping repair and servicing industry. And we are very confident that our colleagues at Drydocks World Dubai will do an excellent job in running the industrial precinct at DMC."

Last year, Dubai Maritime City signed a contract giving Drydocks World -- Dubai the exclusive rights to run and manage all components of Dubai Maritime City's Industrial Precinct, including wet berths, dry berths, workshops, warehouses, the 3,000-tonne and 6,000-tonne ship lifts, the ship lift control building, central administration building and covered yacht repair area, among other areas.


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