Grandweld Shipyards, the UAE-based shipbuilding, ship repair, and engineering solutions specialists, has successfully completed the construction and delivery of 10 boats for a Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) subsidiary, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). As per terms agreed upon in a May 2017 signed contract, Grandweld constructed six Pilot boats and four Crew transport boats for KOC.
Construction began in September 2018; and Grandweld delivered the first of 10 boats in December 2018, and the final boat in July 2019, the original proposed deadline. Grandweld also delivered multiple customised vessels on their specified timelines.
“Each of the delivered boats was designed to exceed the needs of KOC, and similarly built in accordance with Lloyd’s Register latest technology for classification standards to provide the highest operational efficiency and safety," said Jamal Abki, general manager of Grandweld Shipyards. "Our professional technical team did a proper handover for KOC crew to get trained about all needed operations. Both our team and KOC’s team delivered an extensive model test during the engineering stage to ensure the vessels’ compliance with the client’s requirements..."
"This has effectively enabled KOC to strategically expand our fleet and it has also further reinforced our ability to execute maritime projects for Kuwait ports effectively, and our judgment to work with Grandweld in such a manner," said Sami Al-Sawagh, marine operations manager at KOC Group. "As we move forward, these boats will offer an added dimension to our operations as we continually pursue excellence in all that we do. We are extremely appreciative of Grandweld’s commitment to meeting the agreed upon deadlines and also in their ability to produce multiple early deliveries which significantly exceeded our expectations.”