6 Pilot boats and 4 Crew transport boats built for KOC
Grandweld Shipyards, the UAE-based shipbuilding, ship repair, and engineering solutions specialists, has successfully completed the construction and delivery of 10 boats for one of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation’s (KPC) subsidiaries, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
As per terms agreed upon in a May 2017 signed contract, Grandweld constructed a grand total of 6 Pilot boats and 4 Crew transport boats for KOC.
The completion of this contract marks a significant milestone for Grandweld, as the reputable shipbuilding company was able to construct and deliver the majority of agreed upon deliverables ahead of time.
Such collaboration strongly emphasizes existing relations between the UAE and Kuwait.
Grandweld delivered the first of 10 boats in December 2018, and the final boat in July 2019.
While successfully meeting the original proposed deadline of July 2019, Grandweld also managed to deliver multiple customized vessels on their specified timelines with outstanding performance in terms of high speed, sea keeping and passenger safety and comfort.
Speaking on this, Jamal Abki, General Manager of Grandweld Shipyards, explained: “Each of the delivered boats was designed to exceed the needs of KOC, and similarly built in accordance with Lloyd’s Register latest technology for classification standards to provide the highest operational efficiency and safety.
“Our professional technical team did a proper handover for KOC crew to get trained about all needed operations. Both our team and KOC’s team delivered an extensive model test during the engineering stage to ensure the vessels’ compliance with the client’s requirements.
The 10 received boats provide added merit to KOC’s fleet and provide them with greater flexibility to pursue additional maritime expansion operations and contribute to the economic prosperity of the Kuwaiti state.
Sami Al-Sawagh, Marine Operations Manager at KOC Group said: “The decision to award Grandweld with this contract for 10 boats was a byproduct of strong-ties between our nations. It is worth mentioning that this project is not the first collaboration with KOC and Grandweld.
“During the past years, the two companies have completed 4 work boat building projects. Those boats are doing what they are built to do with the highest efficiency and work quality in our export service ports.
“Throughout the entire duration of this process, Grandweld has displayed excellent professionalism.”