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Grandweld secures new shipbuilding contracts

Grandweld secures new shipbuilding contracts

Dubai: Grandweld recently held keel laying ceremonies for for two 36m Utility Vessels and one 41m Crewboat for repeat customer Humaid Badir Marine Shipping Est, a UAE based fleet operator. The three vessel order is said to signal a strong 2009/10 order book for the Dubai based shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion yard, part of GMMOS Group.

Grandweld gm Jamal Abki said: "Humaid Badir has been a wonderful friend and business partner in ship repair throughout the years, and it is an excellent development in our relationship to start shipbuilding for them."

Hassan Yahya, Humaid Badir md said: "We are always very impressed with Grandweld's results and their professional commitment to quality and customer support. We look forward to a highly successful building program."

The 36m steel Utility Vessels will carry 70 tonnes of deck cargo with a maximum speed of 13knots. The design has an accommodation for 44 persons and is powered by two caterpillar engines rated at 1450HP each.

The aluminium crewboat is yet another order for the highly successful 41m series, being the tenth vessel of the design to be built. The vessel carries 45 tonnes of deck cargo, 60 persons and has a maximum speed of 24knots. The design was developed by Grandweld for optimum performance and includes many customer specified requirements.

Abki said "Grandweld has secured six orders for vessels in the last five months. Our customers appreciate our focus on quality and this helps to ensure that Grandweld is a first choice for shipbuilding and repair."

Grandweld is also in the final stages of sea trials before delivery for the first of four 100t bollard pull tugs for Bourbon. The other three sister ships to follow later in the year.  [23/06/09]