PICS: Largest multi-purpose supply vessel ever in MENA

The vessel is the largest multipurpose supply and logistical support unit in the Middle East.
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Egypt, Middle east, Offshore, Ship, Workboats, NEWS
Egypt, Middle east, Offshore, Ship, Workboats, NEWS
Egypt, Middle east, Offshore, Ship, Workboats, NEWS

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Ahmad Fadel is the largest multi-purpose supply vessel in the Middle East. It was launched in Ismailia, Egypt, on June 20, 2017.

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Mohab Mamish on Wednesday raised the Egyptian flag aboard the supply vessel that was built in China.

The ship is named after former SCA chairman Ahmad Fadel.

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The vessel is the largest multipurpose supply and logistical support unit in the Middle East with a 90m length and a beam of 18.8m, it features a DP2 system - ensuring vessels maintain a fixed position using multiple 9,800 KW thrusters.

The vessel has a crane with a capacity of 75 tones and a large helipad.

The ship uses an Active Heave Compensation (AHC) system that reduces the influence of waves upon offshore operations, enabling the ship to lift weights up to 40 tons and positioning them in a precise point at depths of up to 2,000m.

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The ship also serves as a diving support vessel in addition to accommodation and recreational facilities for 80 individuals and meeting rooms to run projects in open water.

The vessel can carry remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) detecting and controlling submarine oil pipelines at a depth of up to 2,000 meters.

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A ceremony was held in Ismailia governorate and attended by many officials and the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiec.

In his speech, Mamish thanked Fadel for his efforts and contributions in developing the Suez Canal Authority and its services. He also asserted that the entire world and not just Egypt benefit from the Suez Canal waterway.

Mamish added that the vessel would not just contribute to the work of the authority but to the Egyptian economy as well as it will assist in the fields of natural gas and oil discovered recently in Egypt’s territorial Mediterranean water.

The introduction of the Ahmed Fadel vessel is a process within the framework of an initiative launched last year by Mamish to develop the facilities of the Suez Canal Authority.

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