Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) shipping and maritime logistics arm ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S) is acquiring six-line boats to provide key marine services across the UAE region.
The company said in a statement that it procured the vessels from Sharjah-based Albwardy Damen, a joint venture between Albwardy Investment of Dubai and the Netherlands-headquartered Damen Shipyards Group.
As per the statement, “The company acquired the Damen Stan Tug 1606 type of line boat to offer maritime services. The steel-hulled, twin-screw vessels are powered by two Caterpillar engines providing nearly 16 tons of bollard pull.” With their proven design, these line boats allow ADNOC L&S to continue providing reliable and efficient operations to the Petroleum Ports Authority (PPA) in Abu Dhabi.
The agreement enables significant value to flow back to the UAE economy and is in line with the company’s efforts to purchase more locally. ADNOC L&S Logistics and Marine Services uses line boats to aid in berthing and unberthing tankers, as well as handling hoses, at the oil terminals.
“The acquisition of these state-of-the-art line boats from Albwardy Damen is aligned with our strategy of growing the ADNOC L&S fleet with highly specialized marine services, including comprehensive port operations for customers in the UAE and worldwide. We are committed to boosting our operations by contributing to the development of high-end shipbuilding and repair capabilities within the UAE. The country is emerging as a global hub for maritime and shipping operations, and we continue to enhance the business environment for shipping and affiliated sectors through such targeted capital expenditure.”
Mr. Pascal Slingerland, Regional Sales Director – Middle East of Albwardy Damen said, “We are grateful for the long-lasting relationship with ADNOC Group. We have invested heavily in our UAE base with new shipbuilding and ship repair facilities so we can support the full range of repairs and requirements during the lifetime of a vessel. This includes the construction of new boats in the UAE and drydocking in addition to the Damen Services Team in the UAE, which offers niche services for the maritime industry.”