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Oman Drydock to enter shipbuilding sector

Middle Eastern ship repair giant Oman Drydock Company is planning to enter the shipbuilding sector.

The new CEO of the seven-year-old state-backed facility, Said bin Hamoud al Maawali, told the Oman Observer, “In a strategic move to continue the evolution of our operations and given our location, facilities, skill-set and the continuous commitment to deliver excellence, we are now looking at entering the world of shipbuilding.”

As well as repair the Duqm-based yard has carried out a number of ship conversions since it was founded, with initial help from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), in 2011.

The newbuild focus will focus on smaller ships such as OSVs, tugs and barges.

Oman Drydock also has plans to add a new floating dock as well as a floating crane to go alongside its existing pair of drydocks.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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