Abu Dhahi Ports has signed a contract with Gulf Marine Services (GMS) that will see the creation of a new facility at Zayed Port where GMS will construct and maintain its offshore support vessels that serve the region’s oil and gas industry.
Zayed Port will lease the new facility to GMS for three years.
GMS specialises in self-propelled self-elevating support vessels, and will relocate its yard from the current location in Mussafah to the new site, which is double the size, increasing the yard to 42,500 square feet. All vessel construction, repairs and mobilisations will be carried out from the new yard.
The project will be carried out between now and March 2016 when the company’s latest new build vessel, GMS Sharqi, is scheduled for completion at the Zayed Port site.
“GMS’ new facility at Zayed Port is the latest extension of Abu Dhabi Ports’ significant services to the exploration and production sector, which is vital to the economy of the UAE and the region. Zayed Port and two adjoining ports―Free port and New Freeport―are playing a major role in the important services to this crucial sector,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, ceo of Abu Dhabi Ports.