Leading United Arab Emirates shipyard Grandweld has secured its position as the number one regional shipyard for the offshore segment, completing construction of a total of 17 vessels over the space of the last year.

The latest projects include advanced crew boats, dive maintenance and support vessels, and work crane boats for a who’s who of Middle East energy firms and offshore contractors.

Grandweld, which has been operating from its Dubai base since 1984, specialises in vessels custom built to conduct complex operations in the region’s challenging offshore environment.

These range from three recently delivered work crane boats for Kuwait Oil Company – optimised for duties such as heavy lifting, oil-pollution control, SPM hose handling, and supply to remote areas – to two modified 42m crew boats (FNSA-3 and FNSA-4) for Fujairah National Shipping Agency.

The latter vessels are capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots and customised to execute operations such as security duties, fast transportation of offshore personal and cargo, and the rapid supply of fuel and freshwater.

Further noteworthy deliveries over the last months include three 34.3m aluminium crew boats to Jana Marine Services, a 50m Dive Maintenance & Support Vessel to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and the 42m crew boats Stanford Volga and Stanford Niger, which are capable of carrying 83 people at speeds of 25 knots.

Formed in 1984, Grandweld is a fully integrated shipyard specialising in shipbuilding, ship repair, and engineering solutions. Its headquarters are located in Dubai Maritime City, where it has the largest shipbuilding facilities (over 55,000 square metres), positioning the business to meet the evolving needs of the regional and international marine and offshore segments.


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