Damen delivers Shoalbuster to Abu Dhabi's IRSHAD

Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD) has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308.
Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD) has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308.
Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD) has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308.

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Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD), a part of the ADNOC Group of Companies, has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308, named Al Marfa 1.

Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands, where the vessel was built, said it was delivered 3 weeks ahead of schedule.

The delivery was attended by Zeid Zakaria, senior vice president, IRSHAD, Khalfan Ali Al Ali, ship building projects manager, IRSHAD, Pascal Slingerland, Damen sales manager for the Middle East, Jos van Woerkum, director Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld and Peter Baars, product director Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld.

IRSHAD will put the vessel to use maintaining single point buoy moorings. The close contact she will have with the buoys has necessitated Damen outfitting the vessel with a range of explosion-proof equipment. Moreover, the vessel is fully compliant with OPCO’s ADMA standards and regulations.

Al Marfa 1 is the latest Damen vessel to join IRSHAD’s fleet. The company has taken delivery of a range of large Damen Stan Tugs in recent years.

“We have been very happy with the performance of our previous Damen vessels, all of which are still operating very well,” says Zakaria.

Throughout the project, Mr Khalfan Ali Al Ali has cooperated closely with Damen, which has led to an efficient building process. “The process has been very smooth,” he says. “The collaboration with Damen has been very productive with clear communication. The results of this can be seen in the successful delivery of the vessel, ahead of schedule.”

Damen’s local shipbuilding and repair yard in the United Arab Emirates – Damen Shipyards Sharjah – has all the facilities the team require to support IRSHAD with the Al Marfa 1 during the warranty period and beyond.

IRSHAD is a well-known customer for Damen Shipyards Sharjah and regularly uses the Damen facilities for maintaining and upgrading its fleet, the shipyard said in a release.

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