The Oman Drydock Company says it has the passionate and driving ambition to catapult itself further into the region’s multi-billion dollar ship repair industry after completing its 200th drydocking since launching in 2011.
A ceremony was held at the shipyard, which cost $1.5bn to build, to celebrate the landmark with shipping giant Maersk whose vessel, the 4388-teu Maersk Wisconsin, was the 200th ship to be drydocked by ODC.
ODC Chief Executive Yong Duk Park says completing 200 vessels reflects the company's growing stature as it aims to position itself as one of the best shipyards in the world.
“We are absolutely delighted to mark our 200th ship milestone with our hugely valued client Maersk,” Park said.
He says the occasion is a powerful statement to the industry that ODC is now a major player in the Middle East.
“We have worked enormously hard to develop a robust track record working on a wide variety of ships from Very Large Crude Carriers to container ships to LNG and LPG carriers to chemical carriers dredgers, RO-ROs and barges,” Park added.
“We can now show the shipping industry we not only have world class facilities, which include our massive dry docks which can accommodate any size of vessel, but we are developing the workforce, skills base, training and infrastructure that our customers demand. We have listened to our clients and we are offering efficient turnaround times, tremendous value, and world class workmanship. We are, of course, still seeking to grow and improve. ”
Park says ODC are actively looking to recruit more sub contractors to its supply chain who can match the company’s standards and share its vision.
”There are numerous tax breaks and incentives available and we encourage companies with the right background to get in touch.”