UAE-based Albwardy Damen, a joint venture group providing shipbuilding and ship repair services to the marine and oil and gas-related industries in the Middle East, last month celebrated Damen’s delivery of 13 tugs to Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping in Sharjah.
The tugs will be operated at various offshore terminals in Iraq, in a joint co-operation between Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI).
Jawar Al Khaleej has been successfully providing marine services in Iraq for the last 10 years, and has a modern fleet of a Damen Stan Tugs, three Damen ASD Tugs 3213 and a Fast Crew Supplier 5009.
The contract for the order was signed end of March. Damen has delivered all the vessels within a seven month period, it said.
Damen was able to deliver the 13 vessels quickly, modified to the requirements of its client, thanks to its philosophy of standardized shipbuilding, which ensures the fast delivery of proven vessels.
The order consisted of four ASD Tugs 2813, two ASD Tugs 3212, three RSD Tugs 2513 – all state-of-the-art vessels from Damen’s Next Generation Tugs series – three Stan Tugs 2208 and a Shoalbuster 2609, it added.
The ASD tugs are fully equipped, including FiFi 1 and an escort towing notation. Furthermore, the contract includes spare part packages, training, a computerized planned maintenance system and a remote monitoring system on board of all tugs, said the statement.
During the ceremony seven of the 13 tugs where lined up at the Albwardy Damen facility in Sharjah, UAE, three tugs are already in operation and the remaining three boats are currently on voyage from the yard to the client.
Albwardy Damen has played a crucial role in outfitting the tugs as per the client’s requirements and providing training to all crew prior to delivery.
The vessel order will serve to fulfill a 20 year contract between Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and GCPI, it said.
The contract gives Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping responsibility for marine service at the oil terminals.
With this agreement, the two parties will secure Iraq’s ability to handle the constant flow of tankers entering and leaving the country.
Chairman Baydaq Al Jazaeri, said: “This mission was not an easy one, it was a great challenge. However, we had a big confidence in our partner in business, Damen, who met and exceeded our expectations in making it happen despite all challenges.”
“I would like to thank all the Damen team and a special thanks to Bram Langeveld area director Middle East and Pascal Slingerland Damen sales director Middle East for their continuous support and follow-up. We are grateful to GCPI for their confidence in us for such a big contract, which is related to the economy of a big country such as Iraq,” he added.