Rolls-Royce wins two shipyard deals in UAE, Saudi

Company to design, install ship lifts in shipyards in Sharjah, Dammam

Rolls-Royce will build two Synchrolift ship dry docks in the GCC.
Rolls-Royce will build two Synchrolift ship dry docks in the GCC.

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Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, said on Monday it has won contracts to supply ship lifts to two shipyards in the Gulf region.

One of the orders will see a lift designed and installed at Hamriyah Free Zone shipyard in Sharjah for Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS).

This installation, with a docking platform of 120 metres in length and a width of 26.5 metres will be the sixth Rolls-Royce Syncrolift installed in the UAE and it will be operational by the end of 2012, the company said in a statement.

The second contract, awarded by Zamil Offshore Services, involves the installation of a ship lift with a platform 102 metres long and 32 metres wide at a new shipyard, which is being built in King Abdul Aziz port, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Zamil Offshore already operate one Rolls-Royce ship lift, and this order will bring the total number of systems installed in Saudi Arabia to five.

Commissioning of the Syncrolift is planned for 2013, Rolls-Royce added in the statement. It did not give a value to either contract.

Ravi K, Rolls-Royce general manager, Marine - Middle East, said: "The investments mean that these two new Middle East shipyards will be able to build and repair ships more efficiently, further enhancing their position within the global marine industry."

The latest orders are for Syncrolift systems that can handle vessels weighing up to 5,000 tonnes.

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