Nakilat Damen delivers tug to Milaha

Semesma is part of 19-vessel order.


 Qatar shipping company Milaha has taken delivery of a new tug built in the country at the Nakilat Damen Shipyard.

The 32-m long tug Semesma, the 1tth vessel built in Qatar, will be utilised by Milaha at the Port of Mesaieed.

The new tug is part of a 19-vessel order for Milaha which NDSQ is completing at its facilities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan.

NDSQ has already delivered ten of the vessels to Milaha, including three 28m-long Azimuth Stern Drive tugs, each with a 55-tonne bollard pull; one service boat capable of speeds up to 20 knots; and six 10-tonne mooring/tug boats, all built in Qatar.

The Semesma, which has a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, will be used for escorting vessels visiting the Mesaieed port.

It is 32m long with a beam of 13m and has been equipped for offshore towing, firefighting and pollution control.

"Milaha is proud to have partnered with Qatar Petroleum, Nakilat and NDSQ on this 19-vessel order. The ongoing expansion of Qatar's ports infrastructure and services is vital to the country's economic growth and there is a need to modernise the fleet and enhance service levels to support this expansion," Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani, Milaha chairman and managing director, said.

These additions to its harbour fleet reflect Milaha's commitment to play an important role in the development of Qatar's ports and transport sector, he said.

NDSQ is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in the Port of Ras Laffan. NDSQ began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminium and fibre reinforced plastic, up to 170m in length.

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