Dubai shipbuilder Grandweld has signed a major contract with Jana Marine Services to build five 42m GrandExtreme crew boats. Delivery of the first vessel in this series will be in mid-2023.
This order brings the total number of vessels built by Grandweld for Jana Marine to twelve, with Grandweld previously having built seven vessels for the company, including four crewboats, one work vessel and two harbour tugs.
This latest order is for Grandweld’s new GrandExtreme design, a 42m crewboat series developed by its in-house engineering department. The design builds on its sister series, the GrandSuperior, by offering a wider, more spacious accommodation area, with an interior layout that can be customised to meet different charter requirements. The first vessel, for example, will be designed with a higher offshore personnel capacity of 135, will meet the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code for carrying dangerous goods and will have higher fuel capacity of 120m3. All of the vessels, which have a GrandMajlis lounge, office, large workshop, storeroom and offshore personnel seating, are designed to meet the customer’s latest requirements in Saudi Arabia.
This large order ensures Grandweld has a solid shipbuilding order book up to the end of 2023. General manager, Jamal Abki, says, “Customers only return when they see great value in the products, and we are very pleased to have achieved this again with Jana Marine.”
Grandweld has also recently completed the construction of four tugs built to a design provided by Robert Allan Ltd (RAL). Ghanim-1, Ghanim-2, Ghanim-3 and Ghanim–4 are now operating in Kuwait’s Shuwaikh port. The tugs are designed to perform multiple tasks including ship assist, escort, towing, fire fighting and oil pollution response among others.
Grandweld and RAL worked closely together to develop a customised design of the well-proven 27 m TRAktor tug series.The new tugs are powered by two Caterpillar 3512C main engines, each rated at 1678 kW, driving a Kongsberg US205S P20 Z-drive, delivering a bollard pull in excess of 50 tonnes.