UAE-based Grandweld Shipyards delivers four Crew Boats to Kuwait Oil Company
Grandweld Shipyards has delivered four Crew Boats to Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), the first part of a multi-boat order that also includes six Pilot Boats.
Five boats have been delivered and the remaining five will be delivered in June 2019.
The newly constructed four boats were specially designed to meet the requirements of KOC, in accordance with Lloyd's Register’s classification rules in order to provide the highest operational efficiency and safety.
“Every single day a ship spends out of the water leads to a great loss for the ship’s owner. Hence, our commitment to meeting deadlines with our work is a core component of our workflow,” said Jamal Abki, general manager of Grandweld Shipyards. “We are proud to announce the delivery of these four new boats specially designed to meet the requirements of KOC, a leading company with high standards and specifications to carefully pick products, and trusted suppliers.”
The delivered Crew Boats can carry 30 passengers in addition to three sailors, and the accommodation cabin is furnished with two bunks. The boats can reach speed of up to 28 knots, with a sailing range of up to 150 nautical miles.
Each boat has been designed to withstand rough weather conditions, ensuring safe transportation for crew members to their place of work during their frequent hour-long commutes throughout the year.
This guarantees that none of the facilities which these crew members operate in will break down due to late arrival on site. These high performance capabilities are attributed to the unique design of the boats themselves, and have been modified multiple times during prototype testing for several experimental models in the water.
“Given that global markets are witnessing an improvement in oil prices, KOC’s decision to build these boats came at a very opportune time,” said Sami Al-Sawagh, marine operations manager at KOC. “Therefore, our fleet expansion will help the company benefit from the next recovery in order to achieve increased revenues and cope with the rising demand for energy.”
Despite its sudden decline last year, prices have risen to exceed 80 dollars and KOC said it believes that it will revive incrementally.
Accordingly, this fleet expansion comes in line with the company’s strategic plans to increase production by 2021.
“The boats we received will immediately enter into operations as part of the grand production plan of our company, and this was a major contributing factor that resulted in our decision to choose Grandweld Shipyards, as it is well known for its full commitment to meeting scheduled delivery dates,” Al-Sawagh added.