Albwardy Damen scoops Shipyard of the Year Award at Seatrade

The gala is an influential award ceremony in the region, attracting a powerful cluster of maritime influencers and personalities.

Albwardy Damen scoops Shipyard of the Year Award at Seatrade

On Sunday, 28th October, at Seatrade Middle East Maritime Awards Gala 2018, Albwardy Damen was awarded the Shipyard of the Year prize. The gala is an influential award ceremony in the region, attracting a powerful cluster of maritime influencers and personalities. The ceremony is held under the patronage of His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority. Award winners were selected by maritime experts in a highly competitive procedure.  

Albwardy Damen is a joint venture between Albwardy Investment of Dubai and the Netherlands-headquartered Damen Shipyards Group. Specialising in ship repair – both on location and afloat – diving services and newbuilding, Albwardy Damen is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. The joint venture is active over three sites in Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah and employs 1,100 people from 26 different nationalities. The venture is certified by LRQA to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001, OSHAS 18001 as well as API Q1.

Speaking on Albwardy Damen’s receipt of the award, Managing Director Lars Seistrup said, “I’d like to say a big thank you to all of our employees who do such a safe and great job day in, day out. I’d also like to thank our customers for placing their trust in Albwardy Damen when they do business with our three locations. The opening of our new workshop in Dubai Maritime City will allow us to offer the same second-to-none service, efficiency and quality in Dubai as we currently do in Sharjah.”

Albwardy Damen is the leading repair and conversion yard for small and medium sized tonnage in the UAE. As well as its recent investment in Dubai, Albwardy Damen has also recently started operations in Sohar Oman, an indication of its long-term ambitions and commitment to the industry and region during what are challenging times. Amongst the joint venture’s recent notable projects has been the construction of one of the most powerful tugs ever built in the UAE and delivery of a jack-up to client Aquadive.

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 35 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.


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