ADSB strives for commercial fleet with port agreement

By Jennifer Johnson
Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) today signed a long term contract which will see a fully operational ship repair facility and a “floating dock&rdqu...

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) today signed a long term contract which will see a fully operational ship repair facility and a “floating dock” at Zayed Port in north east Abu Dhabi.

The agreement was signed at Abu Dhabi Ports Head Office at Zayed Port by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of ADSB, along with a senior delegation representing both parties.

The new facility is designed to move ADSB from military shipbuilding, to gaining 50 percent revenue from services by 2020 according to Al Mazrouei.

“The operational expansion of ADSB through the new floating dry dock in Zayed Port reflects the positive growth seen in the UAE shipbuilding and repair sector. It is also a testament of the effective strategy ADSB has adopted to provide the most innovative MRO services to our customers regionally and internationally,” Al Mazrouei said.

Phase one operating features include developing and operating a dedicated berth of 430 linear metres of quay wall and over 12,000 square meters of dedicated yard facilities.

“The new 12,000 square metre area will assist in our vision to be a leading shipbuilding company, developing world class MRO services. The new area includes ship workshops as well as the floating dry dock that will transform the ADSB services to a new era of growth as it aspires to expand its commercial services,” said Al Mazrouei.

ADSB, which was established to support the UAE’s navy, specialises in constructing, repairing and refitting naval, military and commercial vessels.

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