Kuwaiti shipyard HEISCO plans to add Panamax floating dock
Heavy Engineering Industries & Shipbuilding (HEISCO), is planning to enhance its facilities with the acquisition of a massive Panamax floating dock.
“The project has been on hold for four years, because it basically depends on many parties and certain approvals, but now we are hopeful that things will move faster by mid of 2018,” said Eng. Salem Marafi, operations and business development manager at HEISCO.
“We will then be able to start upgrading the dock, which needs around 3 years again to be ready,” he added, speaking to Robban Assafina Magazine.
The Panamax size floating dock will boost the regional ship repair and ship building industry and was described by Marafi as a “quantum leap” for the shipyard.
“Our yard will then include docks for vessels up to Panamax size. This will open new markets, and attracts new customers; currently we are able to serve 35,000 DWT ships with our floating dock of 190 meter in length and 32 meter, along with a syncrolift of 5000 DWT capacity, 90 meters long and 20 meters wide,” he said.
Marafi said plans for the floating dock were back on track in large part due to renewed optimism for the coming year.
“The final quarter of 2017 was very good. We are in a great position now; the overall works at the shipyard average around 75%, which is a great start for 2018,” he says.
“This has become even better with the arrival of the landing craft from Kuwait Navy, and maritime units from Hyundai, where the latter intends to transform a barge into a cement factory. The shipyard’s work will then be full scale 95-100%. Thus, I can say that it is an optimistic outlook for 2018.”