ADSB’s Mina Zayed-based floating dock operations have been busy over the course of this year and particularly over the last three months, when the facility has achieved a 100 per cent occupancy rate. The floating dock has also gained momentum as a business generator by benefitting at least 25 third-party service providers, thereby generating more employment opportunities in the UAE, ADSB states.
Overall, repair and drydocking work carried out by ADSB this year has jumped by 156% compared with 2016 levels, the company states. Vessel types that have been docked in 2017 have included tankers, tugs, jack-up rigs, barges and the company’s first-ever chemical tanker.
ADSB has also recently acquired state-of-the-art robotic hydro-blasting machines, the first of their kind in Abu Dhabi, which have replaced traditional copper grid blasting equipment. According to the company, the upgrade has virtually eliminated air pollution around the floating dock facility in Mina Zayed.