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June 5th, 2014, Oman Drydock makes ‘giant leap’ in LNG market with GTT license award.

Posidonia 2014 Exhibition, Athens - Greece.

Oman Drydock Company (ODC) says it has made a ‘giant leap’ forward in its campaign to become one of the leading shipyards in the world for LNG repairs after it was formally awarded the coveted Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) license at the Posidonia Shipping Trade Fair in Athens, Greece.

ODC chairman Dr Abdulmalik Al Hinai was joined by GTT CEO Phillippe Berterottiere at the ODC stand to make the announcement. Mr Berterottiere said it is highly important that ODC is able to put into place a solid quality system as a centre for LNG expertise.

“Oman has an important LNG fleet and its geographical position thrusts it to the forefront of the international LNG market,” he said. “It is close to shipping routes for the Gulf and Asia. GTT has been very impressed by ODC’s commitment to standards right through its workforce, management and control systems. We also saw evidence of ODC’s determination to continue to improve into the future, which is vital to us. The GTT technology is advanced and ODC had to reach a technically very high level to secure this license. We are delighted to make the award and look forward to working with the ODC team in the years ahead.”

Dr Abdulmalik said ODC has worked enormously hard to earn the GTT license.

“We are deeply committed to providing the highest possible standards of repair work in the LNG sector,” he said. “The GTT license will strengthen our offering for cargo containment systems for high-end LNG carriers. More widely the GTT license is proof of our intent and our seriousness to grow and diversify into the LNG market. Only last month we announced further strengthening of our LNG services with the launch of a new venture with our partner DSME. Woking with its subsidiary DSEC we have developed one of the most advanced LNG repair packages in the world. Our new LNG services will cover key areas such as the supply chain of various materials such as INVAR, insulation boxes, membranes, prefabricated panels and cryogenic safety valves. Meanwhile, we are also investing in new facilities including renovating our cryogenic shop so it can cater to repairing up to four LNGCs at any one time.”

ODC is one of the newest and biggest shipyards in the world and is based in Duqm (see notes to editors) Oman’s planned new ports and logistics mega city. Following a soft opening in 2011 the $1.5bn shipyard, which is 1.3m sq metres in size, has drydocked more than 230 vessels.

Dr Abdulmalik said the Greek shipping market is of vital importance to ODC.

“ODC has already delivered repairs for more than 50 Greek owned or operated ships,” he said. “We have an important relationship with Dynacom Ship Management helping drydock a number of its vessels including VLCCs. We are further proud to repair the Astro Polaris owned by Maran Tankers which we delivered a day ahead of schedule.”

Dr Abdulmalik said ODC will be looking to increase awareness of its world class facilities and workforce at Posidonia.

“We have worked enormously hard to develop a robust track record working on a wide variety of ships from Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) to container ships to LNG and LPG carriers to chemical carriers dredgers, RO-ROs and barges,” he said. “We can now show the shipping industry we not only have world class facilities, which include our massive dry docks which can accommodate any size of vessel, but we have the experience too.”

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April 14th, 2014, Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award 2014.

Award sponsored by Oman Drydock Company.

Only hours before the celebration dinner, an independent judging panel of maritime industry leading figures selected the winners for the 26th Seatrade Awards, held this year at the London’s Guildhall on the 14 April. The judging panel was chaired by the IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu.

The awards are one of the most respected global maritime recognition schemes and this year they were hosted by International journalist and broadcaster, Justin Webb, in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, together with 400 industry leaders and professionals from around the world.

Dr Henrik O. Madsen, CEO, DNV GL received the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Sponsor Sheikh Khalil Al Salmi, Deputy CEO, Oman Drydock Company and IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu.

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May 10th, 2013, Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.

Award sponsored by Oman Drydock Company.

This year’s Seatrade Awards Ceremonial Dinner took place on 10th May 2013, with over 350 of the maritime industry’s key players celebrating the outstanding contributions made over the last year for safe, efficient and environmentally friendly shipping.

The awards were presented by Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Sackur, at the magnificent setting of the Guildhall in London. The Seatrade Awards programme rewards new ideas and concepts that have proved themselves in early operational use and awarding those at the forefront of new thinking. The independent judging panel chaired by Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO, selected the winners of the 2013 awards.

Mr Li Shaode received the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award from sponsor Ms Khawla Al Amri, Senior Manager, HR, Oman Drydock Company and IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu.

June 09, 2012, Grand Opening of Oman Drydock Yard.

New Floating Dry Dock Plan.

DUQM — The state-owned Oman Drydock Company (ODC) is firming up plans for the addition of a floating dry dock to its world-class ship repair and maintenance yard within the Port of Duqm. The proposed facility will enable ODC to dry dock small and medium-sized vessels and thereby free up the yard’s two giant graving docks for larger ships, according to Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Transport and Communications Minister.

“We are hoping very soon we to start working on a floating dry dock within (ODC’s yard) so that we can maintain small sized vessels that do not need to enter the dry dock itself,” Dr Al Futaisi said in comments to journalists on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark the grand opening of the yard here yesterday.

His Highness Sayyid Hamad bin Thuwaini al Said led a distinguished gathering of ministers, under-secretaries, representatives of the Majlis Ash’shura and Majlis Addawla, diplomats, walis and local dignitaries at the ceremony. It was held in the shadow of the imposing dry dock with local folk troupes delighting the audience with a wide repertory of traditional dances.

“This is a significant development in Oman’s maritime industry,” said Dr Al Futaisi. “The yard’s successful completion and operation for the last one year goes to show that Oman is capable of building and handling major projects of this nature. Historically Oman is known for its shipbuilding activities. With this project, we are entering a new phase with a modern facility equipped to handle big vessels. We are hoping this project along with the Port of Duqm will be the centre of attraction for the entire city of Duqm. We will build around it lots of other supporting projects and other SMEs,” he added.

According to M J Park, CEO of Oman Drydock Company (ODC), plans for the floating dry dock project are currently under finalisation. A team of experts from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), which is partnering ODC in the operation and management of the yard, had visited the Sultanate last week to review all of the major milestones with regard to the floating dry dock initiative.

“We will present a report on the project to the Steering Committee by end of this month. Then, we will start the engineering work on the project, and the floating facility itself is targeted for completion by end 2014 or early 2015. It will be a Panamax-size facility suitable for small and medium sized vessels, not only of the commercial but military vessels as well,” Park stated.

Earlier, the CEO expressed his pride and delight at the formal inauguration of the yard. “We are happy with the progress we have made so far. Since we started experimental operations in April last year, we succeeded in delivering 85 vessels on time. Of this number, we delivered 47 vessels last year. By end-May this year, we delivered 40 ships. But, while we were focused on small and mid-sized ships last year, this year our focus has shifted to Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), LNG tankers, large product tankers, and so on. We will be continuously improving our maintenance and repair capacity,” he said.

The facility has also secured a number of certifications that attest to its all-round capability, said Park. “We achieved the one-million LTI milestone last month. We are also proud to have won ABS’s ISO 9001 and 18001 certifications for quality and Health & Safety. We are also expecting the environment certification by October this year. All of this means we are ready to take the next big leap.”

In addition to its core business of maintaining and repairing ships, ODC is also gearing up to offer a range of industrial services, pertaining primarily to the construction and fabrication of modular offshore structures, repair of jack-up rigs, and so on. This component of ODC’s business will be pursued in collaboration with world-class specialists DSME, he said.

“We have advanced facilities and enough space to build jack-up rigs, fabricate steel structures and undertake related industrial works. Steel structures of approximately 1,000 tonnes are the ideal scale for our yard. In this regard, we are co-operating with DSME, who are doing well in this kind of business. We need their support in terms of marketing, engineering and procurement, while we concentrate on construction and fabrication at ODC. In the future, we plan to increase our capability to cover engineering, procurement and marketing.”

Park also saw opportunity to co-operate with L&T Modular Yard in the joint implementation of major offshore projects. Representatives from L&T’s Sohar Port facility had visited Duqm last week to explore options for co-operation in the implementation of a major project for Indian hydrocarbon giant ONGC.

“This is a good opportunity for a win-win situation. L&T could handle the engineering and procurement, while we provide the manpower, fabrication and construction. We can complement each other on such projects,” the CEO added.

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June 06, 2012, Green Guardian Award Special Commendation.

Creating a green umbrella.

Oman Green Awards (OGA) 2012 has once again proved that creating a green economy is the need of the hour as environmental issues and economic development increasingly intersect and complement each other.

Nineteen finalists, including two joint winners, won awards in nine different categories of OGA at a function held at Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton Hotel, under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Tarik Bin Shabib, Editor-in-Chief, Oman Economic Review; and His Excellency Mohammed Said Al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs.

In a specially created perfect green ambience at the Majan Ballroom, a discerning audience of more than 200 guests, comprising of top representatives of Oman’s corporate houses, schools and other non-governmental institutions, applauded in acknowledgement of the fact that OGA is a ideal green platform to stir up people’s interest and awaken positive activism for environmental goals and greater action in the long term, both at a community and decision-making levels.

Coinciding with the World Environment Day on June 5, OGA has been conceptualised by Oman Economic Review and United Media Services (UMS) and is being held in association with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Muscat Municipality and the Ministry of Health.

Oman Green Awards, over the past three years, has recognised exemplary efforts made by companies and individuals in promoting environment preservation and sustainable development in the Sultanate.

OGA has raised awareness about going green and the necessity of saving the natural beauty of this pristine country.

The event has received massive support from corporate houses and individuals who have made green mission a priority.

Green Guardian Award Special Commendation: Oman Drydock Company

May 14, 2012, Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award 2012.

Award sponsored by Oman Drydock Company.

Robert D Somerville, Chairman, ABS was presented with the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award recognised Mr. Somerville's outstanding contribution to the shipping industry in a career of almost 40 years with ABS, and in particular his engagement with maritime safety and education.

Robert D Somerville received the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award from sponsor Sheikh Khalil Al Salmi, Deputy CEO of Oman Drydock Company and IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu.

April 25, 2012, OHSAS 18001/2007 certification.

Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C has been awarded the certification for OHSAS 18001/2007.

(Occupational Health & Safety Assessment series – 18001/2007) on 25th April 2012. We now have a worldwide recognized system which facilitates as a corner stone for our organization, in order to demonstrate the commitment of all the employees (commitment from all levels and function) towards occupational health and safety, proactively. It is mainly important to all personnel in the organization, customers and other stake holders. In addition, to meet the stringent legislation demands from an organization. This system definitely gives an opportunity to continually improve our organization’s Health and Safety Management System.

In brief the operating principle of OHSAS 18001/2007 is “Plan-Do-Check-Act” and this is a dynamic cycle. It is compatible with the ISO 9001/2008 (QMS- Quality Management System) and ISO 14001/2004 (EMS- Environmental Management System). This helps to integrate the three systems in our organizations.

April 13, 2012, ODC Sponsors Oman Economic Forum 2012.

The Third Oman Economic Forum looks into development of SMEs and the Industrial Zones.

Oman Economic Forum - organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry & Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, in cooperation with Duqm SEZA, the Central Bank of Oman & Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry,- second day proceedings focused on the development of small and medium enterprises, industrial projects and industrial zones, and gas and oil sector.

Held under the patronage and the presence of the representative of HH Sultan Qabus Bin Said and HH Sayyid As’ad bin Tarik bin Taimur Al Said, with the presence of UK’s former Prime Minister Mr. Tony Blair and the Lebanese former Prime Minister Mr. Fouad El Siniora, the forum welcomed a large number of ministers, senior officials, Omani business leaders and representatives of top companies in the Arab world and Europe.

First session entitled “development of medium and small enterprises” looked into the current situation of SMEs in Oman, challenges, and development requirements, the session also shed light on the role of the private sector and large corporations in supporting SMEs advancement, in addition to developing and increasing their financing sources.

Sheikh Khalil Bin Ahmad Al-Salmi, Deputy CEO of Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C., stressed on the need to provide all kinds of possible assistance to support SMEs, in addition to offering them the necessary infrastructure. Mr. Al Salmi also discussed the need to invest in various sectors such as the manufacturing of steel and metal, laboratories, ship building and logistics.

Second session of OEF’s day two, “Outlook of Industry and Role of Industrial Zones”, focused on the importance of the availability of gas as a leading factor contributing to the increase in the size of investments. The session also discussed the Sultanate’s role in preserving and expanding the petrochemical and basic industries, and Oman’s role in developing the industrial zones and investments and acquiring more capital.

Third session of the day, “Developing Oil and Gas”, discussed plans to develop the oil and gas sector and to improve the production techniques in oil fields. Difficulties encountered in some oil fields, plans for the gas sector, the role played by international oil companies, as well as opportunities available for the private sector were also brought forth.

April 13, 2012, ISO 9001:2008 certification.

Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification.

We are proud to announce that Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification in Provision of Ship Dry Dock Facilities and Ship Construction, Repair and Maintenance Services and the Design, Manufacturing and Commissioning of On-Shore/ Off-Shore Installations and Steel Structures. This certification is an important milestone for us at ODC as it brings us a step closer to our corporate goals. Through a process of continuous improvement, we aim to deliver supreme quality services.

In the process of achieving the ISO 9001:2008 certification, we believe that ODC as a company has gained in value. From this exercise, we are better equipped to meet the standards we have set for the company. We would like to share with you the commitment, perseverance, and efforts shown by all of our employees in a comprehensive review of our quality systems. We are proud of the excellent teamwork displayed by our employees in getting the certification.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to our suppliers and customers who have shown us the value of high expectations and the feedback provided to us has proven invaluable in process of achieving the 9001:2008 certificate.

Moving forward, we truly believe that continuous improvement is stronger than ever. With our goals focused on the quality assurance and innovative production, we look forward to bringing the business to new levels in the years to come.