Abu Dhabi Ship Build­ing and Na­van­tia sign MoU

SP's MAI - - CORPORATE NEWS -

Abu Dhabi Ship Build­ing (ADSB), lead­ing ship­builder and naval sup­port provider in the Gulf re­gion, and Na­van­tia, the Span­ish state-owned ref­er­ence com­pany in de­sign, con­struc­tion, in­te­gra­tion and life-cy­cle sup­port of naval ves­sels, have signed, on Novem­ber 17, a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) re­gard­ing the co­op­er­a­tion in iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and man­age­ment of fu­ture busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for ship­build­ing and ser­vices re­lated projects for the UAE Navy and other Gulf coun­tries.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion of this agree­ment in­cludes the fol­low­ing ar­eas: Through life sup­port, com­bat and plat­form sys­tems in­te­gra­tion, pro­cure­ment man­age­ment, op­er­a­tional and main­te­nance train­ing and trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy.

The MoU was signed be­tween ADSB Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Dr. Khaled Al Mazroui and the Com­mer­cial Vice Pres­i­dent of Na­van­tia, Gon­zalo Ma­teo-Guer­rero at the Dubai Air­show. The aim of this MoU is to sup­port and op­ti­mise naval ship­build­ing, main­te­nance, re­pair and re­fit ac­tiv­i­ties across all UAE mar­itime forces. ADSB is also keen to look out­side the UAE bor­ders and pro­vide sim­i­lar so­lu­tions to com­plex Naval fleets across the re­gion.

This MoU is to be con­sid­ered as a pre­lim­i­nary un­der­stand­ing for fu­ture agree­ments for naval projects in UAE and the GCC coun­tries and pro­vides ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for ADSB and Na­van­tia to dem- on­strate their joint ex­per­tise in the UAE and Gulf re­gion with a view to achieve long-term re­la­tion­ship work­ing closely with ma­jor navies of the re­gion.

The agree­ment rep­re­sents the strong com­mit­ment of ADSB and Na­van­tia for col­lab­o­ra­tion and to be part of the de­vel­op­ment of the naval ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the GCC coun­tries. The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both com­pa­nies will strengthen the in­dus­trial ca­pa­bil­i­ties of UAE in the de­fence sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly in the naval field.

Na­van­tia is cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in two ten­ders, for the con­struc­tion of seven land­ing crafts and six multi-mis­sion corvettes.

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