Albwardy Damen name change announced
Albwardy Marine Engineering and Damen Shipyards Sharjah join in new venture - Albwardy Damen.
Damen has announced it has the rebranding of two Middle East brands to form Albwardy Damen. The worldwide shipyard group says the change represents the venture’s drive to maximise the efficiency of its operations and enhance its leading position during these challenging times for the maritime industry.
The United Arab Emirates-based shipyard will continue to construct newbuild steel and aluminium vessels as well as provide the same ship repair services to its marine and oil and gas customers in the Middle East.
Albwardy Marine Engineering was founded back in 1978 and has been a joint venture with Damen Shipyards Group since 2008. In 2014 the official opening of Damen Shipyards Sharjah took place and the location has proven to be a successful business for drydock and repair services. Albwardy Damen has facilities in three UAE locations: Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. In addition to shipbuilding and repair, the company also provides floating repair and diving services.
“Bringing both brands together is a logical next step for us,” said Lars Seistrup, Managing Director of Albwardy Damen. “We aim to be the best regional shipyard for building and repairing niche tonnage, and with our expansion in Dubai we are positioning ourselves in the best possible way to serve our clients in the region during these challenging times.”
To further strengthen its position as a high quality provider of ship repair services, Albwardy Damen will construct a new office and workshop facility in Dubai Maritime City during 2017. Damen says this expansion will, ‘enable Albwardy Damen to offer our full portfolio of ship repair activities to customers in Dubai Maritime City and will seamlessly integrate with the existing business units in Al Jadaf, Sharjah and Fujairah.’