BY MOHAMMAD SHOEB
DOHA: Local shipbuilder, Nakilat-Damen, is planning to build LNG-fuelled vessels and looking for new orders from local and overseas clients. It will build all kinds of vessels, including naval ships to optimally utilise the company’s potential, said a senior official of Nakilat-Damen Shipyards Qatar (N-DSQ).
The company will use the facilities at the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard at the Ras Laffan Industrial City port for this prupose. “We can build all kinds of vessels up to the size of 170 metres made of steel, aluminium and fibre reinforced plastic (FRP), which include commercial and service vessels, naval ships and luxury mega yatchs,” Jan-Wim Dekker, Managing Director, N-DSQ, told reporters during a media tour of the facility on Monday.
Dekker said: “Technically we are also capable of building special vessels, including naval ships and submarines.”
NDSQ is a joint venture between Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) and leading Dutch shipbuilder, Damen Shipyards. Nakilat owns 70 percent stakes in N-DSQ, the Damen Group 30 percent. While the shipyard was built and being managed by Qatar Petroleum, the state-owned energy giant.
On Nakilat’s plans to build oil rigs, he said: “We have started working in this direction by building jack-up rigs at the shipyard. Very soon we will venture into building oil rigs also.”
The company, since its operation in 2010 has delivered over a dozen vessels, and currently it is at the final stages of delivering 19 vessels for the upcoming Mesaieed Port. In addition, it has also build Ghatrousha, a 140 metre long recovery barge, which is used to recover and launch vessels into the water. N-DSQ has an installed capacity to manufacture over 25 vessels of varying sizes from 100 metres to 170 metres.
Speaking about the details of the facility, Dekker said: “Damen across the world has about 45 shipyards, but this is the biggest among all in terms of the size and height of the halls.”
The facility, built at an estimated cost of over $3bn, includes N-KOM, a joint venture of Nakilat and Singapore-based Keppel Offshore & Marine, providing repair, upgrading and conversion services to all kinds of water vessels, including oil tankers, and LPG and LNG carriers. The facility has the capacity to undertake all kinds of repairs.
Albert Kee, General Manager-Operations at N-KOM, said: “We have two huge dry-docks. The biggest one is 400-metre long and 80-metre wide, which is capable of providing all kinds of maintenance services to some of the world’s biggest vessels, including wide-bodied aircraft carriers.”
“Our strategic location along the Arabian Sea provides us with a competitive advantage. It is cost-efficient and time-saving,” said Kee while explaining about the repair facilities.
Apart from the two VLCC-sized dry-docks (11- and 12-metre depth) fitted with dock arms and jib cranes with lifting capabilities ranging from 30 to 100 tonnes, N-KOM is embarking on the construction of two floating docks with lifting capacities of 6,500 and 80,000 tonnes. The Peninsula