Grandweld Shipyards, the UAE-based ship repair and conversion facility, has secured a deal with Global Marine Ship Management and Operations (GMO) to build and deliver two new 42m crew boats. Commenting on this latest contract, Eng. Jamal Abki, General Manager of Grandweld Shipyard said, “After engaging in productive discussions with GMO and examining its future ambitions, we are confident that these new designs will be of great value for them in the coming decade and beyond. Additionally, we are optimistic that the delivery of our new generation 42m crew boats will further develop our strong and long-lasting partnership for many years to come.”
GMO is currently primarily active in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, and a majority of the company’s 14 vessel fleet in the UAE is comprised of crew boats. This latest contract with Grandweld will see this number grow to 16. Moreover, with a majority of GMO’s fleet having been built nearly five years ago, the company is seeking to modernize and further improve its current fleet.
Grandweld’s past dependability in terms of the construction and delivery of crew boats was a determining factor in GMO’s decision to award the UAE shipyard with the contract. Shortly after GMO’s establishment, Grandweld provided its services, building and delivering three vessels, and that provided the basis for a strong ongoing bond between the two companies.
Shahram Nazemi, GMO Managing Director, concluded, “With the addition of Grandweld’s two crew boats to our fleet, we look forward to reinforcing our status as a preferred provider of offshore marine services to clients within the industry, while maintaining quality performance based on safety and the highest environmental standards.”