Oman Drydock Company (ODC)’s recently appointed chief executive officer, Said bin Homoud Al Mawali, has announced that the Duqm-based shipyard plans to enter the shipbuilding market within the foreseeable future. “Our shipyard has the capability and capacity to deliver small units such as OSVs, tugs and barges. We are confident in our experience and knowledge to deliver this; we have a plan and the demand is there,” Said claimed.
He also pledged to make further investments in the yard, which is one of the biggest in the region. Said added, “We are already delivering top class services to our customers, utilising our existing facilities, which are now complemented by the recent investment in a new floating dock. We are always striving for the best service offering to our customers, and continual investment is key to delivering this.”
Since ODC began operations back in 2011 the yard has carried out some 570 repair and conversion projects. Furthermore, in response to changing regulatory requirements, ODC has managed to build a strong track record in carrying out both ballast water management system installation and scrubber retrofitting
Said continued: “Our aim is to be the first choice for shipowners for ship repair and conversion operations of commercial tonnage and naval vessels, as well as the offshore industry, not only in Oman, but the entire Middle East. With a strong order book and a promising year ahead we are in an advantageous position.”
ODC’s shipyard covers an area of more than 2.4 million m2 and includes two ULCC size graving docks, measuring 410m x 95m and 410m x 80, five quays, with a total of 2,800m of alongside berths, with water depths of between 9 and 10m, and 14 jib cranes with lifting capacities of between 40 and 100 tons. Its five workshops provide specialist services for outfitting, electrical works, machinery, hull blasting and painting, and a cryogenics clean room for LNG tanker repair work.