GORINCHEM, the Netherlands – Damen Shipyards Sharjah in the UAE has won a contract to build a shallow-water, self-propelled jackup Pontoon 3526 for the UAE-based contractor Aqua Diving Services Ltd. (ADS).
Once delivered, it will be used primarily to deliver offshore support services, including the provision of accommodation facilities for personnel as well as operating as a work platform with crane facilities.
ADS has specifically designed the jackup for Middle East operations and is closely cooperating with Damen Shipyards Sharjah for the construction of the unit.
The jackup will be named the Aqua Rise III and will have accommodation for up to 128 personnel with 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft) of deck space and two cranes, rated at 75 and 15 metric tons (83 and 16.5 tons,) respectively. The vessel will also be fitted with a helideck and life boats.
Aqua Rise III is due for delivery in early 2018.
Pascal Slingerland, sales manager Middle East for Damen Shipyards Group, said that this order fits in with the company’s strategy to become more active in the lift-boat market and to build vessels outside the standard Damen portfolio.
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