Abu Dhabi Ports and Gulf Marine Services (GMS) announce new partnership
Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi city―a regional hub for the cruise industry, and general and bulk cargo―will lease the new facility to GMS for three years.
GMS, founded in Abu Dhabi in 1977 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2014, is the largest operator of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs), also known as jackup barges, in the world.
The company’s construction and maintenance yard is currently located in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi. The relocation to Zayed Port will bring substantial benefits to GMS’ business and clear advantages for its clients. The new site is double the size, increasing the yard to 42,500 sq. ft.
The move will be phased between now and March 2016 when the company’s latest new build vessel, GMS Sharqi, is scheduled for completion at the Zayed Port site. GMS’ head office will remain in Mussafah and the yard there will continue to be used for supplementary purposes.
The latest technological advancements attained by Abu Dhabi Ports have played a role in this development at Zayed Port, which recently witnessed a makeover after container and RoRo (roll-on/roll-off) cargo traffic was moved from there to the state-of-the-art Khalifa Port. The space freed up by this transition paved the way for the GMS facility, and Zayed Port’s newly focussed activities of expanded general and bulk cargo business.
“GMS’ new facility at Zayed Port is the latest extension of Abu Dhabi Ports’ significant services to the exploration and production sector, which is vital to the economy of the UAE and the region.
“As the maritime business enabler in the Emirate, Abu Dhabi Ports always seizes new opportunities in the maritime industry to expand our areas of business,” he added.
Duncan Anderson, CEO of GMS, said: “GMS is very pleased to be entering a new partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports. We have been very busy at our current yard, having increased our SESV fleet size from nine to 13 vessels since 2014; by the end of 2016 we will have added another two vessels. We were searching for a new location that would allow us to continue our business strategy to grow our fleet and operations and to make further improvements to our build process, while offering competitive and flexible offshore support solutions to our national and international oil and gas clients. The first class facilities at our new Zayed Port site will allow us to do just that, and there is excellent potential for our future operational requirements.”