21 January 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a leading provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, and strategic partner to the UAE Armed Forces, has partnered with Rolls-Royce to lay the groundwork for the provision of enhanced naval shipbuilding, repair and refit services across the GCC.
Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO of ADSB, and Leo Pantazopoulos, Rolls-Royce's Senior Vice President, Asia & Middle East, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the companies move toward the provision of integrated engineering sustainment and supply chain services for military vessels.
The MoU will enable the development of world-class lifecycle management solutions for regional defense stakeholders. It will also reinforce ADSB's technical maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities, and provide a platform for both companies to explore further opportunities for cooperation in the building of new vessels.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO of ADSB, said: “This partnership supports our strategy to capitalize on ADSB's competitive advantages in MRO services as we look to support our strategic partners' readiness in the region, as well as help develop national talent specialized in the ship building sector.”
This development allows ADSB to enhance its capability management strategy and further expand operations beyond the UAE by providing innovative solutions for marine fleets stationed in the region. It will also offer greater opportunities for ADSB and Rolls-Royce to showcase and channel their combined expertise towards building strong relationships with regional navies.
Leo Pantazopoulos, Rolls-Royce's Senior Vice President, Asia & Middle East, commented: “I am delighted that we've reached this important milestone with ADSB. The MoU creates a strong foundation for a meaningful partnership between our two companies. It establishes a growth platform that will enable us to best serve our customers in the region.'
Rolls-Royce is an important original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and partner for ADSB. The global supplier provides spare parts and services for its marine equipment and plans to strengthen and improve its marine services portfolio and visibility at ADSB.