DOHA: Qatari shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) worth QR3.1bn to build seven vessels for Qatar Armed Forces.
The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the just-concluded DIMDEX event at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). Once all the necessary agreements are finalised, the vessels will be constructed in Qatar by NDSQ at its shipbuilding facility at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan.
The MoUs signed by NDSQ and Qatar Armed Forces concern six 50m-long axe-bow high-speed patrol vessels and one 52m-long diving support vessel for the Qatar Armed Forces. All vessels are highly sophisticated state-of-the-art naval ships built based on proven designs providing unparalleled seaworthiness. The diving support vessel includes decompression capabilities. A large integrated logistic support package is also mentioned in the MoUs.
Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, Managing Director of Nakilat and Chairman of NDSQ, said: “To be given the opportunity to build these vessels in Qatar for Qatar will be an incredible achievement and a strong contribution to the continued growth of our nation’s marine industry. We are thankful to H E Major General Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah, the Minister of State for Defence and we also thank Qatar Armed Forces for placing their trust in our company and in Qatar’s marine industry. We look forward to working closely with Qatar Armed Forces and to finalising the details of this agreement”. The Peninsula