Best UAE Shipyard 2017 and Best New Building Yard
Albwardy Damen is very proud to have received two shipyards awards in the space of just 4 weeks. On the 19th of April, during the MASTECH conference in Dubai, Albwardy Damen received the prestigious Best UAE Shipyard Award for 2017. Then on the 16th of May it received the accolade of Best New Building Yard at the presentation ceremony for the International Maritime Awards. This was held at the two-day Shiptek 2017 conference in Dubai. The trophies were accepted on each occasion by Albwardy Damen managing director Lars Seistrup.
“To receive two awards within such a short space of time is the ultimate in customer satisfaction feedback as well as recognition for the hard work that all our staff are putting in every day,” said Mr Seistrup. “Delivering safety and quality at the right price to our customers is very important to us in these very challenging market conditions. We are very pleased to receive these awards as they show that our suppliers and clients value the quality of the vessels that we build and the services that we provide. I would like to congratulate everyone in our company for their hard work and enthusiasm.”
Albwardy Damen is a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and UAE-based Albwardy Investment, bringing Damen quality and technology to the UAE. The group operates from four locations across the UAE and has the facilities to repair and construct all type of vessels. Recently deliveries have included tugs, workboats, support vessels, dredgers, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons to operators in and around the Arabian Gulf. The main yard, located in the Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah, was officially opened in January 2014 and continues to meet the highest standards of modern ship construction and repair. Among its many facilities it features a new covered build hall, a 5,200 tonne ship lift and eight dry berths, each 125 metres in length.
This year, to further strengthen its position as a high-quality provider of ship repair services, Albwardy Damen is constructing a new office and workshop facility in Dubai Maritime City. This expansion will enable Albwardy Damen to offer its full portfolio of ship repair activities to customers in Dubai Maritime City and will seamlessly integrate with the existing business units in Al Jadaf, Sharjah and Fujairah.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.