ASRY’s two 250m slipways are seeing regional Arabian customers taking advantage of unusual availability due to a downturn in naval demand. Usually, the company reports, naval vessels have a regular presence on ASRY’s slipways, but Covid-19 related limitations have reduced their drydocking schedules, leaving the slipways freer for non-navy repair projects. “Regional owners of small and medium-sized vessels from Bahrain, UAE, KSA and Kuwait are taking advantage of this availability and seeing quick turnarounds and good rates as a result,” a company statement suggested.
The Bahrain yard has also hit an important milestone with regards its ballast water treatment system retrofit business, reaching 50 projects, with 2020 proving its busiest yet for environmental retrofits. Equipment for a wide range of suppliers, including Alfa Laval, Desmi and Hi Ballast have been installed so far this year.
ASRY also highlights the fact that’s significant amount of new equipment has recently been procured and deployed to increase productivity and efficiency. These new investments include Jet Stream 4200 water blasting units, 100 new welding sets, new lathe machines, a fleet of cherry pickers, forklifts and LED dock lighting.