Grandweld Shipyards has been awarded a major new contract by Specialities Construction (SCC) to build four 50 tonne BP escort tugs to operate in Shuwaikh Port for Kuwait Port Authority. The design includes Escort Notation, Z-drive propulsion and added features such as firefighting and oil recovery.

This award ensures that Grandweld has a solid order book until the end of 2022 and further cements the company’s position in the market for building customised, high-quality tugboats.

It is another sign of consistent and growing demand for Grandweld’s products and services following two strong years of other major ship building and repair contract announcements.

#GrandweldShipyards, part of Stanford Marine Group (SMG), is one of the region’s leading shipyards, and provides a fully integrated service in shipbuilding, ship repair and engineering solutions. Grandweld has built a strong reputation for delivering innovative, reliable ships that is supported by excellent after-sales service.

Grandweld utilises advanced shipbuilding technology including a highly digitised workflow that is integrated with yard systems. To ensure customer needs are met, Grandweld selected renowned international tug-boat designer Robert Allan Ltd to produce a customised version of its TRAktor 2700-Z design, while Grandweld’s engineering department will produce the highly detailed 3D production design.

Elias Nassif, Founder and Group CEO of SMG, commented: "We see exciting opportunities for growth across the region. This contract win for Grandweld in Kuwait is the latest in a growing pipeline of business and is proof that #Grandweld is a competitive, innovative and high-quality shipbuilder in the tug market. We look forward to building these tug-boats here in the UAE to showcase our innovative engineering capabilities and strengthen Grandweld’s order book visibility through the end of 2022.

Jamal Abki, General Manager, Grandweld Shipyards, said: “At Grandweld, our goal is to develop long-term, sustainable relationships with our customers based on our ability to consistently deliver innovative designs and reliable products, all with our trademark customer service. This was a tender that was highly competitive, but we secured it because of our commitment to these strong values.”

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Eng Mubarak Al-Woqayan, CEO of Specialities Group Holdings, said: “We actually considered other yards as far afield as Europe, but Grandweld offered a compelling combination of advanced shipbuilding technology, management know-how, and a demonstrated ability to deliver premium products and service. We are confident of Grandweld's ability to deliver the tugs that meet our expectations, all within the specified timeframe.”

Source: Trade Arabia

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