Syncrolift AS to upgrade infrastructure facilities of Dubai Maritime City

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Officials from DMC & Syncrolift at agreement signing ceremony

Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the multi-purpose industrial and commercial maritime hub of DP World, a leading global supply chain solutions provider, has awarded Syncrolift AS, the world’s leading manufacturer of ship lifts and transfer systems, a major contract to upgrade its facilities to reach a capacity of 2,000 docking and undocking operations per year.

DMC boasts 2 ship lifts which play a vital role in DMC’s operations by effectively transporting the ships to the dry berths for business partners to provide ship repair services. This supports the supply chain and maritime ecosystem, which is essential to DMC’s Industrial District and its many companies, including Grandweld, Albwardy Damen, and more than 280 others. The partnership serves DMC’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities to its strategic shipbuilding and repair partners.

One of the lifts has 28 hoists and is capable of lifting vessels up to 6,000 tons and 130 meters in length. The other has 14 hoists and can lift vessels up to 3,000 tons and 90 meters in length.

The project is expected to cost $10.3 million and take 450 days to implement. Upon completion, it will boost DMC’s total ship handling capacity from 800 to 2,000 per year.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem_Syncrolift upgrades DMC's infrastructure
Sultan bin Sulayem
Group Chairman & CEO – DP World

“Building on Dubai’s rich maritime history, our wise leadership has always recognized the need for state-of-the-art facilities that cater to the manufacturing, maintenance, and shipbuilding services in the region. DMC provides advanced capabilities for the maritime industry, combined with a unique commercial and residential offering. This helps Dubai retain its position as the primary maritime hub in the region and the location of choice for all industrial and commercial maritime businesses.”

The latest upgrades are part of a broader initiative to revamp and develop all DMC’s facilities with the goal of transforming the hub into a global icon, seamlessly blending the idea of living and working for maritime companies in a single place. The industrial sector has already reached a 100 percent occupancy rate.

Waterfront and green spaces in the commercial and residential areas have already been developed. Additional showrooms, workshops, and offices have also been built, with high-quality buildings to house the city’s workforce. This is alongside improvements to internal roads, civil defense, sewerage and stormwater networks.

Mr. Rolf-Atle Tomassen, General Manager, Syncrolift AS, commented that “No facility comes close to the capacity at DMC. DMC’s pioneering facilities and business model will be studied and followed by others in the years to come. With this volume, safety and productivity becomes key. Having Lloyd’s Register, the renowned classification society, to supervise the entire project from the design phase to inspection, and till final delivery is a testament to DMC’s dedication to align with the highest international standards. We believe this will lead to significant returns for the whole value chain of DMC services.”

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