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November 26, 2012, ODC Receives Two Awards in "Seatrade".

ODC Receives Two Awards in "Seatrade".

Oman Dry dock Company had patronized the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontenet Awards 2012, the first event of its kind in the region. Held at Atlantis Dubai, the event included a specialized conference and Exhibition in the field of maritime transportation. It aims at reviewing the unique opportunities to meet the region needs in the shipping sector & the international maritime transport & to discuss the current challenges facing maritime sector in the region.

Along the lines of the exhibition, excellence awards were distributed in different categories. The Sultanate represented in Oman Dry Dock Company received two awards, the first was (Training and Education Award of Seatrade Middle East) in the human resources field & the second was the award of the Best Innovative Design of a stand in the Exhibition which had a theme of sea waves and a simple blend of colors.

Commenting on the event, Sheikh Khalil bin Ahmed Al Salmi, Deputy Chief Executive Office of Oman Dry dock Company said, "ODC constantly seeks to participate in these international gatherings, which attracts key companies specialized in ships supplies services, maritime and environment safety companies, corporates working with energy transfer and marine fleet expansion, ship building and repair, and all other fields related to ports and the maritime transport sector."

He said, "The two awards are momentous achievements of ODC employee's and a reward for their hard work & commitment to represent ODC in all international forums." He added that ODC was awarded after competing with key companies operating in the maritime transport arena. The fact that ODC offered training programs for more than 75% of its Omani employees in the technical and administrative field, contributed to recommending ODC to win the Training and Education Award of Sea trade.

He added,"We aim at supplying and providing the dry dock project with as many Omani talents & currently we are sending the second batch of engineers to Romania and Korea to join their colleagues in pushing forward the wheel of development of this project.

ODC is the first local company to get a permit from the Ministry of Manpower to establish a training center at the Dry dock after the first year of operation, provided with facilities such as workshop rooms and lecture halls, designed to provide the trainees with theoretical and functional materials focusing more on health and safety of work environment."

Al Salmi concluded: "Seatrade Middle East maritime" summit is an opportunity for us to meet suppliers & introduce them to ODC services and attainments obtained in a year time from the launch of the soft operations. We are optimistic that our industry will continue to thrive in the future, as more than 90% of the world's trade is carried by sea, therefore the shipping sector will remain a promising commercial index, giving that gulf maritime transport region, the main exporter of Oil, was not directly affected by the world recession, which proves that the demand for ship building and repair will be growing rapidly"

It's worth mentioning that the conference was attended by a host of the leading regional and international experts and key note speakers in maritime transport industry. They key issues and current conditions relating to this sector. They also presented their insights and future visions of the difficulties and challenges facing world trade and their affects in the marine transport of the region. The keynote speakers & experts included, His Excellency Jamal bin Majid bin Theniyah, Vice Chairman, CEO of Dubai International Ports Company and Ports Group and Dubai Free Zone region , His Excellency Sheikh Ali bin Jasim bin Mohamed Al Thani, Chairman and Managing Director of Navigation in Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sabah Jaber AlAli Al Sabah, Director of Kuwait Ports Authority, Chairman of Arab Sea Ports Federation, Sheikh Khalil bin Ahmed ALSalmi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Oman Dry Dock ,Sheikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, Chairman of ASRI in Bahrain, Ali Obaid ALYabhouni, CEO of ADNATCO NGSCO, Abu Dhabi,and Saleh Al-Jasser, CEO of Saudi National Company for Maritime Transport.

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September 24, 2012, Oman Drydock Company Wins the Bizz 2012 Award.

Oman Drydock Company Wins the Bizz 2012 Award.

MUSCAT - Oman Dry Dock Company (ODC) has won The BIZZ 2012 Award, one of the most prestigious businesses awards worldwide, under the inspirational company category, along with Business Leading Award. The awards were received in a ceremony recently held in Freej Al Sharq Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The ceremony was attended by VIPs, the media, decision-makers and ambassadors from different countries who awarded the winning companies. 50 other institutions were awarded by WORLDCOP in this ceremony.

It's worth a mention that ODC was nominated for the award through recommendations and surveys conducted by The World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB). A long with The BIZZ, WORLDCOP organizes The BIZZ Arabic, The Bizz Europe and The Bizz America, fostering healthy competition in the dynamic business market worldwide.

Initiated in 2005, The BIZZ Award aimed at honoring the most distinguished businesses with a renowned record in administration leadership, quality control systems of products and services, creativity and innovation and corporate social responsibilities. Several leading companies received this award such as AL Rajhi Abdul Aziz Mohamed Company, STC, National Paints Factories Co, and Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). The BIZZ Award was formerly held in New York, Panama, Huston, Dubai, Mexico city, Dakar, Mumbai, Pontakana, Frankfort, and Lima etc.

This Award is an incentive for ODC to attain more achievements in the ship repair industry worldwide and to establish partnership with the companies working in the Maritime field. ODC is committed towards providing highly valued training programs for the Omani Talents working in such a distinguished field and to give them the opportunity to learn from the experienced expatriate work force to create a generation able to repair large tankers of Oil and Gas.

May 26, 2012, Oman Drydock Company Celebrates First Anniversary.

Vision to Reality, A Year of Success.

MUSCAT - Oman Drydock Company (ODC) commemorated the first anniversary of its world-class ship repair yard in Duqm at a gala event on Saturday at Al Bustan Palace, under the auspices of His Excellency Yahya bin Said Al Jabri, Chairman of Special Economic Zone Authority, Duqm. Titled ‘Vision to Reality, A Year of Success’, the event was aimed at celebrating the success of one of Sultanate’s most prestigious projects, poised to make Duqm a thriving economic and social development hub.

HE Said bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Chairman of Oman Drydock Company and Undersecretary of Ports and Maritime Affairs in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, welcomed the gathering.

A corporate film showcasing the unique features of Oman Drydock Company and its remarkable contribution towards developing national talent, environment conservation and better health & safety standards was shown on the occasion. It was in April, 2011 that, after years of meticulous planning and construction works, ODC launched the operations of its state-of-the-art dry dock facility in Duqm, in an ambitious step towards contributing Oman’s march towards economic diversification.

Commenting on ODC’s one year of successful operation, Deputy CEO, HE Sheikh Khalil bin Ahmed al Salmi said, “Within a short span of time, ODC could build its unique brand in a highly competitive dry dock market by utilizing local and international marketing and media channels. Since it started operation in April 2011, the company has repaired more than 80 vessels of various types and sizes and in 2012 we are looking to receive more than 100 ships and tankers. For this we are cashing in on our human expertise and material resources and the unique management of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME). At the time of this celebration, we are proud that we could employ more than 1000 Omanis and prepared a comprehensive plan to train them in some of the biggest dry docks in Korea and Romania.”

The event also celebrated ODC’s best-in-the-class health and safety standards and quality management system which enabled the company to win the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001/2007 certification and the ISO 9001:2008 certifications, by US-based ABS Quality Evaluations. Mr. Joe Brincat, the ABS Regional VP for Middle East and Mr. Eric Kleess, President & COO of ABS Pacific presented the certifications to the company on the occasion.

“The company has achieved one million safe man-hours which enabled it to win the OHSAS certification”, added Sheikh al Salmi. “These certifications testify to the fact that ODC has taken adequate steps to avoid accident and hazardous situation using a comprehensive and efficiently implemented system for the benefit of its employees, clients and relevant stakeholders.”

On the occasion, Chief Guest His Excellency Yahya Al Jabri felicitated the chairman, vice chairman, board Members and the CEO of the company. In addition, key department teams were felicitated with the ‘Appreciation Award’. This was followed by the launch of the new website of the company The website has a fresh vibrant contemporary design; it offers easy navigation and complete spectrum of information related to key aspects of the company. Apart from the website, ODC also publishes a magazine called ‘Abhar’ on the latest developments in international dry dock industry.

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May 22, 2012, ODC receives the largest carrier since starting operation.

ODC receives the largest carrier since starting operation.

Oman DryDock Company (ODC) has made another milestone achievement when it received yesterday the largest two carriers since starting the soft operation last April. The earlier gas carrier received by the company last year, Muscat LNG which is owned by Oman Shipping Company, was smaller in size compared to the carriers received by the dock during this period.

The achievement of ODC is unique in that none of the docks in the region has made such achievement after this short period from starting soft operation.

Commenting on this milestone achievement, Sheikh Khalil bin Ahmed al Salmi said Oman DryDock Company received the German Crude Carrier Alpha Glory that has a capacity of 309,636 tons. The carrier, which is 333x58x31.2 will receive the required maintenance and repair service at the dock. The service includes the replacement of a large quantity of steel in addition to cleaning the tanks.

'The company also received Echigo Maru gas carrier, owned by NYK LNG Management of Japan. The vessel, which has a capacity of 67219 tons will receive general maintenance that includes replacement of a large quantity of steel, he added.

Al Salmi pointed out that the company seeks to optimize the utilization of its human resources and facilities to achieve its vision; to become the best dry dock in the region through providing the best quality service that meets international requirements and place the Sultanate well on the world map especially the project is known for its strategic location on the world trade marine routes.

'Since the soft operation in April 2011, the company completed the maintenance of 77 domestic and international carriers for companies in Japan, U.S.A, India, Iran and others. The company also enhanced its presence in the specialized exhibitions and forums to raise awareness of the ship owners about the wide range of services provided by the company. The participation in such international events also aim at attracting more customers and reach our preset goal namely to receive not less than 200 vessels a year, he furthered.

"The marketing team of ODC is to visit Greece, Germany, England, Japan, Singapore and some other countries as well to visit and follow up the reports of ODC agents in the five continents, he concluded.

It is worth mentioning that the construction of ODC kicked off in June 2008 over about 1.2 million square meters. The integrated project provides scores of ship repair services for the different sizes of vessels including the very large crude carriers (VLCC), container carriers up to 600,000 as well as oil and gas tankers, cruise ships, commercial vessels, equipment vessels and other marine equipment

May 7, 2012, SEZAD in al Duqm Authority, Dry Dock and Duqm Port to have global presence.

A promotional contract inked with U.S-based United World.

Muscat - As part of the efforts made by the Special Economic Zone authority(SEZAD) to promote Duqm as one of the attractive destinations for investments and open new international communication channels with the different investments sources, a marketing contract has been executed today with United World, an independent, international media communications agency, which has an exclusive agreement with USA TODAY. United World has been recognized as a leader in the production of special economic sections on various countries, regions and sectors worldwide.

The contract comes in a bid to maximize the benefit of al Duqm strategic location as a free zone .

The Special Economic Zone at Al Duqm, Oman DryDock Company and Port of Duqm Company are streamlining their efforts to showcase Duqm region to the different markets in a bid to maximize the utilization of it strategic location and future plans and attract more FDI. The contract is an added value to the efforts made to place al Duqm zone on the world map as a hot destination for industrial, dry dock, ports and infrastructure projects.

The contract with United World includes a number of articles that provides promotional packs for the Sultanate in general and for Duqm in particular. This includes promoting for Duqm at the various publications, social networking sites, video links and other media sources that target the business audience all over the year.

United World delivers timely, credible information to a sophisticated American audience – making the changing world more understandable, while highlighting many new business opportunities in both established and up-and-coming markets.

Since 1991 United World has been making a difference in global communications. Through an exclusive media agreement with America’s number one newspaper, USA TODAY. It produces socio-economic reports, published under the title “Our World”, that constitute an additional section within the newspaper. These reports empower countries to create their own international image, providing information and sending out messages that will attract investors to their part of the world.

The promotional plans include exclusive interviews, articles and reports that target the U.S business community. These reports provide Duqm with a rare opportunity: the ideal environment for presenting their current political, economic and cultural assets to an influential and affluent North American audience. United World reports and articles target more than 3.3 million reader a day therefore provide an effective way to showcase countries, regions and sectors to attain the maximum return for your time and investment.