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Sapphire Marine to make patrol boats.

MUSCAT: Sapphire Marine and United States Marine Inc. (USMI) have announced plans to form a joint venture to manufacture high-speed patrol boats for security agencies in Oman.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on Saturday by Haythem M. Macki, the chairman of Sapphire Marine and Barry T. Dreyfus Jr, the CEO of USMI.

Speaking after signing the agreement, Haythem said, "USMI will provide the technical know-how including the design. The boats will be 'Made in Oman', manufactured at Sapphire Marine's factory in Salalah." "Our main focus for now is on manufacturing the 11-metre Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) which suits the likes of Coast Guard, Special Forces, and other agencies in the Sultanate," he said.

"We are delighted to be associated with Sapphire Marine, an excellent Omani company, on the occasion of the 40th National Day," Barry said.

Luxury power boats

Established in 2008, Sapphire Marine was created to manufacture state-of-the-art composite law enforcement, military and luxury power boats in the Sultanate by offering standards which were previously available only from foreign boat manufacturers.

Sapphire Marine is dedicated to creating world class products from the finest materials and fitted with the best equipment available. The company is successfully creating powerful, safe and sea-worthy vessels that meet international standards and exceed the expectations of their customers.

Haythem said: "Oman is historically renowned for its rich seafaring and boat-building tradition. Our company's ambition is to continue Oman's proud heritage by manufacturing modern boats in Oman that will operate throughout the world."

Barry T. Dreyfus Jr, CEO of USMI, said: "Since 2007, USMI's patrol boats have been well received by the Sultanate's Coast Guard previously. We work closely with our customers in Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait and indeed worldwide. This is the first time USMI has been granted a manufacturing licence for one of its products to another company."

Such is our confidence in Sapphire Marine capabilities."

"Since 1987, United States Marine has become the premier builder of high-performance, special mission capable boats for US military and other agencies. Our products are known for proven quality and are made of composite technology which includes carbon fiber, kevlar, fiberglass and epoxy to name a few," he added.

The ISO 9001 certified USMI has designed and built military, patrol and special warfare boats ranging in length from 21 feet to 90 feet, constructed of high performance composites and aluminum.

"Our boats are designed in-house for performance, reliability, and maintainability. We take pride in all our work to deliver boats that are fully mission capable and boats that deliver performance and reliability in the most extreme conditions for the most demanding users," Barry added.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Dec 7, 2010
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