Abu Dhabi Ports has ordered three new tug boats during the Sea Trade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2017 (SOMWE).
The new tug boats - with a bollard pull of 30 tonnes - will service both Musaffah and Zayed Ports and will be built by Sanmar Shipyards and Damen.
“The past years have been challenging for the industry but we must look at the future with trust and optimism,” says Abu Dhabi Ports CEO, captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi.
“Today’s announcement is the perfect reflection of our strategy for growth, which was built on continued investment in state-of-the art infrastructure, technology and skills development,” he added.
Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, chief marine services officer at Abu Dhabi Marine Services 'SAFEEN', added: “As part of our ambitious journey, in the past year we have made strong strides to expand our world leading service portfolio. We are entering a phase of expansion in our fleet capacity and capability to better cater to the growth of our ports and its customers. The new tug boats will support our ambition to be the preferred service provider at the centre of the maritime industry.”
SAFEEN is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports and provides marine services such as tug and pilot boat operations.
Ruchan Civgin, commercial director of Sanmar Shipyards, commented: “We are delighted to be honoured with this order for 2 further tug boats, following our first delivery of a similar unit to SAFEEN in 2016. We trust they will provide many years of reliability and service towards enhancing SAFEEN’s thriving reputation in their field and we look forward to supporting their vision and ambition for many years to come.”
Pascal Slingerland, sales manager Middle East of Damen Shipyards, added: “We are very proud to deliver another tug boat to SAFEEN. We enjoy an excellent relationship with them, due to our unique location here in the UAE. We wish SAFEEN the very best with their new tug boat and are very much looking forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration in the future.”
Sea Trade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East workshop is an annual event that brings together key marine service providers, operators, manufacturers and suppliers in a three-day event. The event is regarded as one of the largest and most attended maritime events in the industry and includes local and international exhibitors as well as top-level discussions on important trends as well as technical and practical discussion forums.
The three-day event is one of the maritime industry’s most significant events to take place this year.