Abu Dhabi Ship Building steps up focus on MRO services

Written by Nick Blenkey

abhu dhabi dimdexAbu Dhabi Ship Building is stepping up its focus on ship maintenance, repairs and overhauling (MRO) services, one of its fastest-growing business divisions.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building has been showcasing its advanced MRO capabilities at the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Each year Abu Dhabi Ship Building handles approximately 300 repair and upgrade projects for vessels such as tugs, barges, landing craft, dredges, work boats, crew boats, diving vessels, supply and safety vessels and AHTS’s. Most of these jobs involve drydocking, although some are carried out afloat and offsite.

Mohamed Salem Al Junaibi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ship Building, said: “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, aluminum alloy or composite materials. During the ongoing DIMDEX exhibition we are targeting long-term contracts and strategic partnerships, taking advantage of the growing demand for specialized 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.”

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 ESNAAD, which has recently signed a three-year rate-running contract worth AED 70 million, and IRSHAD. Other prominent clients include Boskalis, Van Oordz, Damen Marine Services, Al Seer Marine, Zakher Marine International, Khalid Faraj Shipping, NPCC, MARCAP and NMDC.

During DIMDEX, 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.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building recently completed upgrade programs 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 program enables the company to accommodate more vessels for fit outs, tests and trials.

March 27, 2012

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