Damen Shipyards Sharjah
Albwardy Marine Engineering
Albwardy Marne Engineering (AME) is a joint venture between Albwardy Investment and the Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands. Both are family-owned companies with a long history in shipbuilding and repair. Together they provide their services to the marine and oil and gas industries in the Middle East.
With all competencies in-house, including an extensive engineering division, work is carried out to the highest possible technical and environmental standards. AME is certified by LRQA to ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 as well as API. The venture employs in the region of 1,250 people and carries out over 150 drydockings annually.
Repairs are carried out in both Dubai and Fujairah. AME Dubai operates in Al Jadaf as well as at Dubai Maritime City, where vessels of up to 130 x 30 metres can be docked. In Fujairah, the travel lift can handle small vessels up to 30 metres in length.
AME’s extensive workshops serve as a base for the venture’s afloat and repair division. Riding squads stand ready to meet customer requirements on board all vessels in UAE ports and anchorages as well as underway anywhere in the world.
Services offered include hull and deck repairs and hydroblasting and painting activities. Increasingly, AME is carrying out complex, damage repairs and conversions afloat for clients seeking an efficient alternative to drydocking.
In 2014, Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) was opened in the Sharjah Hamriyah Freezone. Since that time, the venture has been able to dock vessels up to 120 metres in length. Facilities include a 120 x 26 metre shiplift, docking space for up to 10 vessels and 1,200 metres of quayside with a water depth of up to 8 metres. DSS is well suited to carrying out the complex conversions required by the offshore energy industries.
The yard boasts unrestricted sea access and is conveniently located for easy access to all seven Emirates as well as other, neighbouring Gulf states close to the Straits of Hormuz. The yard is located on a spacious 284,000m2 site with a fully enclosed blasting/painting shop as well as a covered newbuild construction hall.
DSS has recently undertaken a significant number of interesting projects. Amongst these was an accommodation upgrade to Jan de Nul’s cable-laying vessel, Willem de Vlaminck, in summer last year. This involved jacking up the complete accommodation area and skidding in an additional layer. Earlier in 2015, the yard installed a 70 tonne NOV offshore crane to the vessel HOS Ridgewind, including fabrication of the pedestal and boom rest, upgrading power generation and distribution systems by 2.4 MW at the same time.
For newbuild activities, DSS uses state-of-the-art production methods supplied and supported by the wider Damen Shipyards Group. The yard has the capability to construct a wide range of modern vessels in both steel and aluminium. The vessels delivered by DSS include tugs, workboats, support vessels, crew boats, dredgers, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons. The yard also serves as a repair and service station for Damen vessels operating in the region.