Abu Dhabi Ports, ADSB sign agreement for ‘floating dock’


Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) have signed a long-term agreement for ship repair facility that will also include a ‘floating dock’ capability at Zayed Port.

According to an announcement, the agreement was signed at Abu Dhabi Ports Head Office at Zayed Port by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of ADSB. Senior officials of the two organizations were also present during the signing ceremony.

The latest cooperation between Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building has been termed as an excellent example of partnership.  Both parties will comply with several guidelines to advance operational services and facilities at Zayed Port. The Phase 1 operating features include developing and operating a dedicated berth of 430 linear metres of quay wall and over 12,000 square metres of dedicated yard facilities.

Commenting on the agreement, Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, said, “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.”

Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei praised the agreement saying that he was proud of signing the agreement and hoped that the pact would strengthen long-term partnership between the two companies.

Floating dry dock

“The operational expansion of ADSB through the new floating dry dock at Zayed Port reflects the positive growth seen in the UAE shipbuilding and repair sector. It is also a testament to the effective strategy ADSB has adopted to provide the most innovative MRO services to our customers regionally and internationally. The new 12,000 square metre area will assist in our vision to be a leading shipbuilding company, developing world class MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services. The new area includes ship workshops as well as the floating dry dock that will transform the ADSB services to a new era of growth as it aspires to expand its commercial services,” he added.

Established to support the UAE Navy, ADSB specialises in the construction, repair and refit of naval, military and commercial vessels. The company is widely recognised for carrying out its projects in steel, aluminum alloy and high-tech composite materials according to the most stringent international standards.

First container arrival

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Ports announced the arrival of the first container of Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan), a world leader in advanced materials, at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

Abu Dhabi Ports ensured timely handling of the first shipment, which contained critical equipment for Morgan’s dedicated 37,000 sq meter advanced materials facility in Kizad’s Free Zone, to support the company’s production activities. As the first container to a Free Zone company to be processed through Abu Dhabi Customs, several clearance procedures were put into practice for the first time.

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