Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, has expanded its customer portfolio to now include chemical tankers.
ADSB welcomed its first chemical tanker at the new dry dock facility at Mina Zayed, which was commissioned in July of this year, it said in a statement on Sunday. Mid Osprey, a 140 metre chemical tanker, is undergoing major repairs including the refurbishment of the ship’s accommodation.
ADSB has also installed a high powered robotic washer and hydro blasting unit, a more environmentally friendly and efficient robotics system for hull treatment. It is the first time a shipyard in Abu Dhabi has utilised a robotic hull treatment machine.
The new system will replace the copper grid blasting unit that was previously used, eliminating the air pollution caused by copper grid blasting, the company stated.
Hydro blasting unit
Khaled Al Mazroui, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ship Building, said: “The investment in new technologies also goes hand-in-hand with this growth and through the investment in the new hydro blasting unit, we are able to upgrade our service offering with utilise cutting edge, efficient tools.”
The shipyard is 10 per cent owned by Abu Dhabi’s government, 40 per cent owned by Mubadala Development Company, and 50 per cent publicly traded on Abu Dhabi’s Securities Exchange.
The company has order book backlog of around Dh1 billion for building naval ships in the next couple of years, Al Mazroui said in a recent interview to Gulf News.