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Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding to expand into Zayed Port

A new ship repair facility with a ‘floating’ dry dock is to be opened at Zayed Port in the UAE after the facility’s operator, Abu Dhabi Ports, signed a long-term contract with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).

“In line with the UAE leadership’s vision to achieve the diversification of the national economy, our agreement with Abu Dhabi Ship Building to establish a ship repair facility and floating dock capability will play a key role in boosting the trade and maritime industry in Abu Dhabi and enhance the contribution of the sector to the UAE’s GDP,” Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said in a release.

ADSB plans to offer “world-class”maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) at the planned 12,000-square-metre facility, which will also include ship workshops.

“The operational expansion of ADSB through the new floating dry dock in Zayed Port reflects the positive growth seen in the UAE ship building and repair sector. It is also a testament of the effective strategy ADSB has adopted to provide the most innovative MRO services to our customers regionally and internationally,” said Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO of ADSB.

A dedicated berth with a 430-metre-long quay will be developed during the yard’s first phase of construction.

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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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