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New vessels to boost operations at Sharjah ports.

The contract has been signed to improve the economical development process in Sharjah in general and Sharjah seaports in particular.

Sharjah -- A contract to purchase new vessels for Sharjah seaports has been signed, in line with the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Sharjah, to improve the economical development process in Sharjah in general and Sharjah seaports in particular.

The agreement was signed by Shaikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs at the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone; and Rene Berkvens, chief executive officer of Damen Shipyards Group at the HFZA.

According to the contract, Sharjah Seaports and Customs will buy one Damen ASD Tug 2411 of 5632 bhp with 67 bollard pull and one Damen Stan Pilot Boat of 33 knots speed with 1400 bhp from Damen Shipyards Sharjah.

Mohamed Meer Abdelrehman Al Sarrah, director of Seaports and Customs, also attended the ceremony. The vessels will be built in Sharjah and delivered by June 2015.

The signing ceremony recently took place at Sharjah Airport International Free Zone.

After signing the contract, Shaikh Khaled said that the Department of Seaports and Customs has a long-standing relationship with Damen as all of its tug boats were supplied by them.

"This is the first time we will be taking delivery of vessels built in Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah by Damen Shipyards Group and it is made possible only through the vision of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. We are once again delighted to join hands with Damen and it still remains our first choice for tugs as they are able to meet all of our requirements," Shaikh Khaled added.

Damen Shipyards Sharjah is located in Sharjah Hamriyah Free Zone. The yard has the facilities to repair and construct all types of vessels, and has started delivering tugs, work-boats, support vessels, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons. business@khaleejtimes.com

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