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ADNOC Logistics and Services Acquires Six Line Boats as Company Boosts In-Country Value Across Operations

Six new-build vessels, designed and built in the UAE, and procured from Sharjah-based Albwardy Damen 

Acquisition supports 25-year agreement with Petroleum Ports Authority for servicing all petroleum ports in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi, UAE – August 24, 2021: ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), announced today the acquisition of six line boats to provide critical marine services across petroleum ports in Abu Dhabi. All six vessels are the Damen Stan Tug 1606 type, and were contracted directly from Sharjah-based Albwardy Damen, as part of ADNOC Group’s commitment to boost In-Country Value across its operations. 

The steel hulled, twin screw vessels are powered by two Caterpillar engines providing nearly 16 tonnes of bollard pull. With their proven design, these line boats enable ADNOC L&S to continue providing reliable and efficient operations to the Petroleum Ports Authority (PPA) in Abu Dhabi. 

Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC L&S, said: “The acquisition of these state-of-the-art line boats from Albwardy Damen is aligned with our strategy of growing the ADNOC L&S fleet with highly specialized marine services, including comprehensive port operations for customers in the UAE and worldwide. We are committed to boost our operations by contributing to the development of high-end shipbuilding and repair capabilities within the UAE. The country is emerging as a global hub for maritime and shipping operations, and we continue to enhance the business environment for shipping and affiliated sectors through such targeted capital expenditure.” 

Line boats are multi-purpose boats used by ADNOC L&S’ Logistics and Marine Services for assisting in berthing and unberthing tankers, and handling hoses, at the oil terminals. 

Pascal Slingerland, Regional Sales Director – Middle East of Albwardy Damen, added: “We are grateful for the long-lasting relationship with ADNOC Group. We have invested heavily in our UAE base with new shipbuilding and ship repair facilities so we can support the full range of repairs and requirements during the lifetime of a vessel. This includes the construction of new boats in the UAE and drydocking in addition to the Damen Services Team in the UAE, which offers niche services for the maritime industry.”

The contract was awarded in July 2020 to Albwardy Damen, a subsidiary of Damen Shipyards Group, a Netherlands-headquartered global shipbuilding, defense and engineering services company. Four of the vessels were delivered in May 2021 and another two in June 2021. Damen Shipyards Group has previously delivered 33 vessels to ADNOC Group across its operating companies.  

ADNOC L&S is in the midst of a strategic expansion program, to offer a broader service to its customers while supporting and enabling the growth of ADNOC’s upstream production capacity and the expansion of its downstream and petrochemical operations. Last year, ADNOC L&S signed a 25-year agreement with PPA to service all petroleum ports in Abu Dhabi. 


Release Details

August 24, 2021
Abu Dhabi



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About ADNOC Logistics & Services

ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S) has the largest and most diversified fleet in the Middle East, with more than 200 vessels transporting crude oil, refined products, dry bulk, containerized cargo, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and LNG to global markets. When combined with its 1.5 million square meter integrated logistics base in Mussafah and its comprehensive end-to-end logistics capabilities, ADNOC L&S is the region’s leading provider for integrated maritime logistics solutions. Over the past 24 months, ADNOC L&S has acquired more than 20 deep sea vessels, including eight Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) in 2021, that added 16 million barrels of capacity. Furthermore, the company acquired six product tankers, which expanded the product tanker fleet capacity to over 1 million metric tonnes as well as five VLGC for AW Shipping and five LNG carriers.

About Albwardy Damen

Albwardy Damen, is a joint venture between Albwardy Investment, Dubai and the Damen Shipyards Group, Holland. Both family-owned companies with a long history. Albwardy Damen provides shipbuilding and ship repair services to the marine and oil and gas related industries in the Middle East. Founded in 1978, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2018.

The services include building of steel and aluminum vessels and repair and services of marine as well as O&G assets. The services are offered in all major UAE ports and anchorages as well as in Oman. In addition, Albwardy Damen offers offshore and afloat repair services to clients worldwide. The diving division offers their services out of Fujairah including underwater hull cleaning.

Albwardy Damen has a total workforce of around 1100 people of 26 different nationalities in our three UAE locations: Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. With all key competences in-house, including an extensive engineering division, we repair and build vessels to the highest technical and environmental standards. Albwardy Damen is certified by LRQA to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 as well as API Q1.