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Composites Expansion for Abu-Dhabi Ship Building

21 May 2006

ADSB, already well established in constructing steel and aluminium ships, has opened a new composites workshop to enable it to compete in the region’s expanding military and commercial market.

Work has started on the first composite vessel and discussions are currently at an advanced stage for building 12 vessels for the UAE Coast Guard.

The new Dh30 million (US$8.2 million) facility at ADSB's Mussafah (Abu Dhabi) base covers an area of 4,650 square metres and is capable of building vessels up to 60 metres in length. The ships will be built in environmentally controlled workshop, pressurized to keep out dust and sand.

ADSB Chief Executive Officer William Saltzer said: 'This is the most advanced facility of its type in the Middle East and among the most sophisticated in the world. Since the establishment of the company in 1996 we have built up a reputation for constructing steel and aluminium vessels to the highest standards. The composite facility will enable us to offer a full range of vessels to the region's security forces, as well as to the commercial market. Recent years have seen the introduction of new composite materials and we have the facilities and the expertise to build top quality vessels using the most advanced technology.'

ADSB Composites has been set up with the UK's VT Halmatic as a preferred partner. Halmatic, which has been established more than 50 years, is highly experienced in the construction of composite boats.

ADSB Composites' first project will be a Halmatic-designed 16 metre fast workboat. With a ramped bow for beach landing and an open deck, it will be capable of transporting two Hummer size military vehicles at a speed of over 30 knots.

Mr Saltzer said that substantial orders are expected to be confirmed shortly. 'We are actively marketing the facility to navies, coast guards and police services throughout the GCC countries,' he said. 'We are at an advanced stage of negotiation with the UAE Coast Guard for a programme of 12 34-metre GRP fast patrol boats and are hopeful that an order will be placed soon.'

Work has already begun on the second phase of the new facility, an outfitting shop that will be used to fit interiors and components to client specifications. The image shows Shaikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (second right), who opened the new composite workshop. He is seen viewing a model of the Baynunah corvettes which are under construction at Abu Dhabi Ship Building with (from left), CEO William Saltzer, Vice Chairman Suhail Shaheen Al Marar and (right) ADSB Chairman Abdulla Nasser Al Mansouri.





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