Adnoc's logistics arm and Roll Group to provide heavy transport solutions

Dutch company to set up a permanent base at industrial hub of Mussafah and relocate other services to the Riash facility

Adnoc Logistics and Services vessel. courtesy: Adnoc

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's shipping and maritime arm signed an agreement with Roll Group to implement logistics solutions for both onshore and offshore projects.

Adnoc Logistics and Services and the Dutch company will offer end-to-end heavy lifting and transport solutions as part of the agreement.

The companies will offer installation for engineering procurement and construction contracts.

Roll Group will set up a permanent base at Adnoc Logistics and Services' main industrial hub at Mussafah and will relocate other services to the Riash facility.

"Heavy lift services are an integral part of any large EPC contract, and this combined capability allows us to deliver a comprehensive and cutting-edge solution, which also turns out to be more economical for the project," said Adnoc Logistics and Services chief executive Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi.

The agreement is part of the UAE's investment drive in the downstream and industrial sectors. The Abu Dhabi company is creating an integrated ecosystem that will meet the transport and logistics needs of large oil and gas projects.

The UAE, Opec's third-largest producer, is raising its production capacity to 5 million barrels per day by 2030.

Separately on Sunday, the UAE's ministry of energy and infrastructure adopted a resolution strengthening the safety of seafarers transiting territorial waters and docking at the country's ports.

The resolution mandates shipowners and operating companies' compliance with the UAE's norms on safety.

“The UAE is a globally-leading maritime hub, with over 25,000 ships calling its ports. This position is supported by the country’s strategic location at the gateway to the Arabian Gulf, the largest oil reserve in the world," UAE energy and infrastructure minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said in a statement.

"The UAE also overlooks the Arabian Sea, which is at the heart of global trade routes. All of this requires us to pay great attention to the safety of our waters and waterways, which are the main artery for the movement of cargo ships coming to our ports, which are the top commercial gateway in the region," he added.

The statement follows a spate of recent attacks in the Arabian Sea, including a drone attack on oil tanker Mercer Street earlier this month that killed two crewmen.

On the same day, the Panama-flagged tanker Asphalt Princess was hijacked by armed men in the Gulf of Oman.

Updated: August 15th 2021, 9:36 AM