GORINCHEM, the Netherlands – Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE (DSS), the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering, opened on Jan. 12. As a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, core activities at DSS will include working on Damen newbuilds and Albwardy’s conversions, dry-dockings, and repairs.
Located in the Sharjah Hamriyah free-zone, the new 284,000-sq m (3.05 million-sq ft) yard has direct and unrestricted access to the sea. The facility has a 120 x 26.5-m (394 x 87-ft) ship-lift, with a 5,200-ton capacity, and is connected to eight dry-berths, each of which is 125 m (410 ft) in length.
The shipyard also features a fully enclosed blasting and painting shed, along with an under-cover newbuild construction hall. There is also extensive adjacent repair space, with 1,200 m (3,937 ft) of quay with a water depth up to 9 m (30 ft).