Ras Laffan drydock operational by year-end

02 Aug 2010
Artist impression of phases 1 and 2 scheduled to commence operations in 2010

Artist impression of phases 1 and 2 scheduled to commence operations in 2010

Ras Laffan dry dock in Qatar will be operational by the year-end according to Nakilat managing director Mohamed Ghannam. The work is being undertaken as part of the comprehensive development of Ras Laffan Industrial City managed by Qatar Petroleum.

QP appointed Nakilat to manage the design and construction of phases 1 and 2, major ship repair yard, and undertake various studies relating to the remaining phases. As a result, Nakilat formed a joint venture with Singapore-based Keppel Offshore & Marine, a leader in ship conversion and repair as well as a specialised shipbuilder, to operate the new yard.

“We are developing the dry dock as one of the finest facilities in the world. Ras Laffan Dry Dock would eventually become one of the largest in the world. The work is in full swing. We have a big celebration planned in connection with dry dock opening later this year. It will be operational this year,” Ghannam told Gulf Times.

A Nakilat estimate is that thousands of ships including LNG, LPG and sulphur carriers are expected to dock in Ras Laffan in the next few years. Nakilat’s own fleet will have some 54 ships this year, making it the largest LNG ship owner in the world and, with a local facility in place, Qatari vessels need not have to dry dock abroad as they do now.

Spread over 43 hectares, it contains two large dry docks and one Panamax-size floating dock. It will provide facilities to repair and maintain the fast-growing Nakilat LNG fleet and all other types of vessels. A further part of the reclaimed site is devoted to shipbuilding, this time with Nakilat in partnership with Dutch shipbuilder Damen to build any ship type up to 120m long, including yachts, tugs, offshore supply vessels, coastal tankers or naval vessels. The shipbuilding yard commenced production earlier this year.

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