Strategic Marine to build aluminium ships in Abu Dhabi
Asia's Strategic Marine has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to develop the Middle East’s growing market of aluminium vessels.
Strategic and ADSB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create tenders for a variety of aluminium vessels using Strategic Marine’s world class design and construction methods. The strategic build and placement of the vessels at the Abu Dhabi ship yard are aimed to attract regional buyers.
Mohamed S. Al Ghas, the Corporate Commercial Director from ADSB said that the partnership will help to further the local and regional maritime services and provide accessibility to world-class production lines.
He said: “We are excited to be working with a globally prominent specialist builder. We know Strategic’s solid reputation for the manufacturing of high-performance ships will help to deliver top-of-the-line aluminium vessels to an already demanding market in our region. Our yard facility combined with Strategic Marine’s design and construction capabilities will be a collaborative force in providing customers excellent value and flexibility.”
Strategic Marine’s Executive Director Ron Anderson said: “We are delighted to have signed this MoU with ADSB, a yard long known as one of the most dynamic shipyards in the Middle East.
“This will give Strategic Marine a chance to build our specialist aluminium vessels in the Middle East for the first time, and allow regional clientele to capitalise on buying our vessels without the extra mobilisation and shipping costs from our current facilities in Singapore and Vietnam.”
The new partnership will see Strategic’s operations originally in Singapore, Western Australia and Vietnam, expand into the Middle East, specifically in Abu Dhabi’s ship yard.
In the initial phase of the MoU, Strategic will be invited by ADSB to tender on aluminium vessels for defence projects for the majority of the work, but over time both parties believe the co-operation will expand into commercial and other areas, Anderson added.
Strategic Marine, with operations in Singapore, Western Australia and Vietnam, is one of the world’s leading specialist shipbuilding, fabrication and engineering companies.