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KR Group and AsyadDrydock build Oman’s first indigenous marine vessel

15 Aug 2021

The KhimjiRamdas (KR) Group, through its Marine Solutions business, has partnered with AsyadDrydock to build vessels in the modern shipbuilding and repairs facility in Duqm.

A full-fledged service company specialised in the design and construction of harbour-related infrastructures in addition to ship repair and maintenance, KhimjiRamdas Marine Solutions under the KR Infrastructure Cluster has grown rapidly since its inception in 2005. Undertaking its maiden project, the team has successfully built a 15m multi-cat vessel Hulm Al Behar which has become the first marine vessel to be built in AsyadDrydock, according to a press release.

“The delivery of the first local project is indeed a defining moment in our growing partnership. This is a monumental achievement for the KR Group Marine Solutions, together with AsyadDrydock, and this accomplishment will be the start of many new opportunities. While we are still celebrating the launch of the first-ever modern ship built in Oman, Hulm Al Behar, our focus will continue to remain on the growth and expansion capabilities while contributing to the nation’s economy. We have also commenced the building of our second vessel, a 24m high-speed aluminium crew boat, to facilitate anchorage support services in Port of Fujairah,” said HritikKhimji, director of the KhimjiRamdas Group.

Dr Ibrahim al Nadhairi, CEO of Asyad Shipping and Drydock, said, “We are proud of this achievement. Building the first modern ship with international standards, demonstrates the world-class services and operations provided by the drydock and it is a pivotal milepost for the logistics sector in Oman.” He added that the completion of Hulm Al Behar, is a testament to Asyad Group’s empowerment of national talent.

Ravi Kumar Dhulipala, chief operating officer, KhimjiRamdas – Infrastructure Cluster, said, “We are honoured to partner with AsyadDrydock for building ships and vessels in Oman for the very first time. The launch of the 15m multi-cat vessel in Oman’s water in Duqm is the start of many more accolades for the teams. The vessel is the product of the untiring efforts of both our teams to deliver world-class vessels built at the Drydock facility, second to none in the world.”

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