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Topaz wins ferry contract for Sharjah Government.

Renaissance subsidiary, Topaz Marine Engineering ("Topaz"), a UAE-based full service ship building, ship repair and engineering services company, confirmed that it has been commissioned by the Government of Sharjah's Royal Court (Al Diwan Al Amiri) to build and deliver one Catamaran passenger ferry boat ("Catamaran" or "ferry"). The Catamaran will be designed to accommodate 40 people, with passengers all seated on the main deck. It will be used to transport people between mainland Sharjah and the Abu Musa Island, situated 70 kilometres offshore. The ferry will be built at Topaz's Nicocraft Shipyard in Abu Dhabi and is scheduled for delivery in January 2013.

Thomas Bower, Managing Director, Topaz, commented: "Ferry boats are becoming increasingly common across the Gulf and Topaz is responding to this demand by working to worldwide standards and developing new designs which offer the very best in luxury, high speed, manoeuvrability and excellent sea keeping characteristics to make this kind of transportation more safe and comfortable. Securing this contract comes as testament to our competitive advantage and we look forward to winning more as we continue to expand our services in this growing niche market."

Topaz has had an excellent start to the year. It has recently delivered two 18 metre Catamaran ferry boats to a client in the UK and completed the delivery of two wind farm support vessels (WFSV) to ASP Work Boats Ltd. Topaz is also completing the delivery of two Anchor Handling Supply (AHTS) vessels, Topaz Dignity and Topaz Triumph on behalf of BP. Furthermore, Topaz was awarded a contract from GAC Group to provide completion services for two crew/cargo vessels.

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Publication:Oil & Gas Review
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Date:Aug 31, 2012
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