Abu Dhabi 2017 | INDUSTRY | COLUMN

TBY talks to Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) on the sector.

Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei

What have been the biggest milestones over the past 12 months?

The inauguration of the new floating drydock. The company set up a new facility in Abu Dhabi with a floating dock that can drydock vessels up to 10,000 tons and maximum length of 180m, making it the largest drydocking facility in Abu Dhabi. The combination of the new floating dry dock and the newly acquired quay space at Port Zayed, 35km north-west of its Mussafah headquarters, significantly enhances ADSB's service capability.

The company announced contracts worth over AED1 billion to build naval ships. Who will you work with?

We are currently working on our flagship Baynunah program, which has delivered five of six 72m corvette class Baynunah vessels to the UAE Navy. We are expecting to deliver the final ship in the first quarter of 2017. In addition to this, we have signed a contract to build and supply landing crafts and high-speed protection vessels for the Kuwait Ministry of Defense. These demonstrate our continued commitment to supporting both the UAE Navy and our naval customers in other markets. Originally created to repair and refit UAE Navy vessels, ADSB is proud to continue that support while growing its remit in the commercial sector.