Grandweld begins newbuild program for Kuwait Oil Company
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and UAE-based Grandweld Shipyard have celebrated the steel cutting for the production phase of a new build order by KOC for six Pilot Boats and four Crew Boats.
The design and engineering phase for the project started in May 2017 and now the production phase has started with a target to deliver the first boat in December 2018, while the delivery of all ten boats will be completed in July 2019.
The six Pilot Boats and four Crew Boats are custom designed in accordance with KOC technical requirements.
The Boats are designed, equipped and built to the highest industry international standards with adopting the latest technology and Lloyd's Register’s classification rules in order to provide high operational efficiency and safety.
Commenting on the collaboration with Grandweld Shipyards, Sami Al-Sawagh, marine operations manager at KOC said: “This occasion is the beginning of an extremely important contract phase. The construction of these boats is part of Kuwait Oil Company strategic requirements for the future fleet expansion, and KOC gives significant importance to this project.”
This is KOC’s second contract with Grandweld. In 2013 it ordered four crane boats from the shipyard.
Jamal Abki, the general manager of Grandweld Shipyards said: “We thank Kuwait Oil Company for their confidence by awarding us this second major shipbuilding contract.”