DOHA: Nakilat, Qatar’s premier marine company, has celebrated the delivery of two 16-metre mooring boats built by shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar for towage operator Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller.
The two Stan Tug 1606 mooring boats — named Ras Al Allaj Qatar and Al Esaiwed — are the first of a seven-vessel order that Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar is currently working on for Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller.
The vessels will work on a long term charter to Qatar Petroleum and will be part of the growing fleet of Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller vessels in the Port of Ras Laffan.
Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller already operates a fleet of 25 vessels at Ras Laffan and a further five vessels at Halul Island, performing about 12,500 tug jobs per year in the Port of Ras Laffan.
Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan, Qatar. Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), up to 170m in length.
Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller is owned 70 per cent by Nakilat and 30 per cent by Svitzer Middle East Ltd. The vessels operated by Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller include tug boats, pilot boats, line boats and crew boats. Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller offers a range of services including towing, escorting, berthing, pilot support, line handling services afloat and ashore, emergency response, and marine maintenance support.