Albwardy Damen celebrated its 40th anniversary on the 15th of November by officially opening its new shiprepair facility at Dubai Maritime City (DMC). Over 100 guests from both the regional maritime industry and the Dubai government joined the Albwardy Damen management team at the new DMC workshop and Dubai headquarters building for the opening ceremony, followed by lunch on board the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) ocean liner. The date also marked the 10th anniversary of the joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, founded by Ali Albwardy.
Since 2008, Albwardy Damen has grown in size and capability to become one of the leading newbuild and shiprepair yards in the Gulf region. In the first half of 2018 alone, it repaired and built over 100 vessels. Complementing existing facilities in Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, the new site at DMC enhances the company’s capability even further by giving the joint venture a modern, well-equipped facility in a strategic location at the heart of Dubai. This benefits not only its customers, but also contributes to the local economy and the success of the UAE Maritime Vision 2030 programme, Albwardy Damen states.
Lars Seistrup, Managing Director of Albwardy Damen, added; “Our new Dubai facility allows us to deliver the same exceptional levels of safety and quality as our yard at Sharjah. In addition, Dubai Maritime City is strategically located at the heart of Dubai, making it a highly convenient destination for our customers and one from where we can deliver a second-to-none service.”
Albwardy Damen has 1100 employees of 26 nationalities and offers the full range of shipbuilding and shiprepair skills, supported by an extensive engineering division. It is certified by LRQA to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 as well as API Q1. Over the past 10 years, tugs, workboats, dredgers, fast crew suppliers and other vessels from the Damen portfolio have been delivered to local ship owners supporting the regional oil & gas industry and other maritime sectors. Notable successes in 2018 have included the delivery of the world’s biggest Rotortug, the ART 100-46 RT Raven.