Saqr Port, a major bulk handling port here in the Middle East, and part of Rash Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports, exports 55 million tonnes of quarried stone throughout the Arabian Gulf each year. At the current time, the port is investing in the addition of new deepwater berths in order to facilitate visits from Capesize vessels.
Speaking of the contract, Captain Michael Magee, Harbour Master at RAK Ports, said, “The port is delighted to have agreed a deal with Damen to build the 2913 locally. Damen’s proven quality products and their flexibility with respect to build location, secured them the contract. The 2913, with 80 tonnes bollard pull, will complement the seven tugs currently at Saqr Port and give additional power to receive Capesize vessels.”
As Captain Magee indicates, the 2913 will be built in the region at Albwardy Damen’s yard in Sharjah. Damen is pleased to be playing its part in supporting local industry and employment by building this vessel close to its client, says Damen Sales Manager Pascal Slingerland.
“We are delighted to be building for the UAE in the UAE. Albwardy Damen continues to go from strength to strength, providing a comprehensive newbuild and repair service to the both the UAE and the wider Arabian Gulf and it is our pleasure to be working with our near neighbours at Saqr Port.”
The new vessel will join Saqr Port’s fleet in mid-2018.