Officials at the site

Officials at the site

Production of KOC boats begins

Grandweld hopes to deliver the first boat in December while the delivery of all 10 boats will be done by July 2019

April 2018

UAE-based Grandweld Shipyard and the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) have announced the commencement of the production phase for building six pilot boats and four crew boats for KOC.

The design and engineering phase for the project started during May 2017 and now the production phase has started with target to deliver the first boat in December 2018 while the delivery of all ten boats will be completed in July 2019, reported Emirates news agency Wam.

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.

Sami Al-Sawagh, marine operations manager at KOC, said: “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.”

Jamal Abki, general manager of Grandweld Shipyards said: “We thank Kuwait Oil Company for their confidence by awarding us this second major Shipbuilding Contract. This project is moving in accordance with schedule and plans. Grandweld is confident to deliver on time.”


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