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Drydocks World enters decarbonisation partnership with Silverstream Technologies

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Drydocks World Dubai signed a strategic agreement with UK-based maritime technology company, Silverstream Technologies, to promote the use of air lubrication technology for vessels being serviced at the shipyard.

Drydocks World seeks to drive maritime decarbonisation in the Middle East, and the collaboration is expected to encourage newbuild and retrofit installations of the Silverstream System.

A subsidiary of DP World, Drydocks World Dubai claims to be the largest centre in the Middle East for ship repair, conversion, new builds, rigs and MRO projects, with a particular focus on renewables and energy efficiency projects.

“Air lubrication is an approved technology under the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for newbuilds, as well as the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) requirements, which come into effect in 2023,”a Drydocks World statement said.

“The agreement with Silverstream will see Drydocks World Dubai become an approved installation provider of Silverstream’s technology on a wide variety of retrofit projects which will support owners in meeting pressing efficiency regulations.”

The partners will work together to promote the Silverstream System, while sharing knowledge on both the technical and commercial aspects of its installation procedures, it said. The partnership marks another step in Silverstream’s global expansion, collaborating with yards and supply chain partners around the world to utilise their local relationships and expertise.

“We are pleased to sign this partnership with Silverstream, an innovative provider of clean technology, as part of our commitment to enhancing the environmental performance of shipping,” Capt. Rado Antolovic PhD, ceo of Drydocks World, said. “Together, we intend to share technical expertise and promote a proven efficiency solution to minimise the maritime industry's carbon footprint.”

The Silverstream System works by reducing drag in the interaction between the hull and seawater. By the insertion of a limited amount of air, in the form of bubbles, into the boundary layer under the hull, the frictional resistance faced by the vessel when under way is reduced significantly, depending on vessel type. For vessels that use the system, fuel consumption is typically said to be reduced by 5-10%.

“We are proud to announce our collaboration with Drydocks World Dubai, a global leader in ship repair, conversion and newbuilding services,” Noah Silberschmidt, founder & ceo, Silverstream Technologies, said. “As a highly respected yard with decades of experience, it will help boost adoption of our proven Silverstream System, strengthening the reliability and integrity of our supply chain, and raising awareness of our technology’s capacity to improve ship efficiency and operational flexibility.”