A view of the 32m-long tug boat Semesma.
Doha: Qatari shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered the 32m-long tug boat ‘Semesma’ to Milaha. Semesma is the eleventh vessel built in Qatar by NDSQ which will be used by Milaha at the Port of Mesaieed.
Earlier, NDSQ had delivered to Milaha three 28m-long Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs, each with a 55-ton bollard pull, one service boat capable of speeding up to 20 knots and six 10-ton tug boats, all built in Qatar.
“Milaha is proud to have partnered with QP, Nakilat and NDSQ on this 19-vessel order. The ongoing expansion of the State of Qatar’s ports infrastructure and services is vital to the country’s economic growth, and there is a need to modernize the fleet and enhance service levels to support this expansion,” said Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman and Managing Director, Milaha. “These additions to our harbor fleet reflect Milaha’s commitment to play an important role in the development of the State of Qatar’s ports and transport sector,” he said.
Semesma, which has a bollard pull of 80 tons, will be used for escorting vessels visiting the Port of Mesaieed. Semesma is 32m long with a beam of 13m and has been equipped for offshore towing, firefighting and pollution control.
“We are delighted at the progress of the 19-vessel order for Milaha and at the strong growth of the State of Qatar’s shipbuilding industry,” said Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Managing Director of Nakilat and Chairman of NDSQ. “Upon reaching this important milestone, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and to the Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for the vision that has been the driving force of the development of the State of Qatar’s world-class shipyard,” he said.
Semesma is part of a 19-vessel order for Milaha that NDSQ is completing at its facilities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan.
NDSQ is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in the Port of Ras Laffan. It began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), up to 170m in length.