Monday, January 13 witnessed the official opening ceremony of Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE – the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering. In a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, the core activities at DSS will continue along the tried and trusted course of Damen newbuilds and Albwardy’s conversions, drydockings and repairs.
Damen Shipyards Sharjah is located in the SharjahHamriyah Free-zone. The spacious new yard, located on a 284,000-square-meter site, has direct and unrestricted access to the sea and meets the highest standards of modern ship construction and repair.
The facility is equipped with a 120- x 26.5-meter ship-lift, with a 5,200-ton capacity and is connected to eight dry-berths, each of which is 125 meters in length. It also features a fully enclosed blasting and painting shed and an under-cover new build construction hall.
There is also extensive adjacent repair space, with 1,200 meters of quay with a water depth up to nine meters.
Up and running for some time now, DSS has the facilities to repair and construct all type of vessels, and has recently delivered tugs, workboats, support vessels, dredgers, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons. The yard can proudly display a healthy order book that presently consists of contracts for two multicats, two shoalbusters, two barges, one aluminum crew boat and not less than ten ASD tugs.
The cooperation between the two family-owned companies is further strengthened with three existing yards in Dubai and Fujairah that will continue their focus on repairs, conversions and dry-dockings. They will also undertake rig repairs and conversions for the oil and gas industry. With its 35 year history, Albwardy Marine Engineering is a well established name in the Gulf region.