Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND), a joint venture between Oman Drydock Company and Babcock International, has completed its first drydocking project, involving the repair and overhaul of the fast expeditionary transport ship, USNS Choctaw County. DND was established in June 2017 and this contract awarded by the US Military Sealift Command (MSC) represents a significant milestone for the joint venture, highlighting its capabilities in the naval shiprepair and upgrade sector.
The project, which was carried out at the Duqm yard’s No2 Drydock, involved a complex package of work on both hull and internal systems as well as the ship’s stern ramp. Said Hamood Said Al Maawali, chief executive of ODC, commented: “The successful completion of this contract is a major step forward, demonstrating that Duqm is a competitive and fully capable dockyard for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of warships.”
ODC has recently achieved another milestone by successfully completing its ASME U and R stamps audit. As a result ASME will soon issue a certificate of authorisation to ODC allowing it to manufacture U and R stamped pressure vessels.