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ADSB to build 42 Assault Boats

posted on 26/01/2004: 1106 views

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has been awarded two contracts to build a total of 42 Assault Boats to be used for protection of the UAE and Oman coastlines. The two contracts together are valued in excess of UAE Dirhams 15 million. In September 2003, ADSB delivered 24 of these 9.5-meter Assault Boats to the UAE Navy for service in the UAE Coast Guard.

They were put into service immediately as part of the security network implemented by the UAE Government during the meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that was held in Dubai in September. The boats are high-speed, aluminium-hulled vessels with a solid elastomer collar and provide excellent performance for both interception and patrol operations. They are powered by twin 250 horsepower outboard engines giving a speed capability in the 50 knot range.

The vessels are designed by the Ajman based company SeaSpray Aluminium Boats "Emirates" (LLC). ADSB and SeaSpray signed a strategic cooperation agreement in mid-2003. "ADSB is both excited and honoured by these contract awards", said General Manager William Saltzer. "While 30 of these boats are for the UAE Navy, 12 will be the first newbuild vessels from ADSB to go into service in Oman and we are looking forward to building strong relationships with both the Oman Navy and Coast Guard".

This new project follows the award of a contract of over $500 million to ADSB for the UAE Navy BAYNUNAH Program, the largest naval shipbuilding contract ever awarded to a company in the region. The BAYNUNAH Program involves the design and construction of four (4) 70-meter multi-mission Corvettes for the UAE Navy with an option for two (2) additional vessels to be exercised within 18 months.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) is a UAE Public Joint Stock Company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market. The company, established in cooperation with the UAE Offsets Group (UOG), is located in the Mustafa Industrial Area of Abu Dhabi and is engaged in the new construction and refit/repair/maintenance of both naval and commercial vessels.

In business since 1996, ADSB operates a modern, world-class shipyard facility that includes a shiplift and land level transfer system capable of handling vessels up to 2000 tons in weight and 85 meters in length. In the past eight years, ADSB has built and delivered more than 70 new vessels. The company also performs approximately 150 ship repair/refit jobs per year. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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