ADNOC Logistics and Services acquires six line boats from Albwardy Damen as ADNOC boosts in-country value

ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for six Stan Tugs 1606. The vessels will be used for pushing, towing, hose line handling and berting in ports in Abu Dhabi. The tugs were procured 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 C18 engines providing 1216 bhp horse power with nearly 16 tonnes bollard pull. Nearly a hundred Damen Stan Tug 1606 type vessels are currently in operation by leading martime logisitics companies worldwide.

Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC L&S, said: “The acquisition of these state-of-the-art Line Boats from Albwardy Damen is in keeping with our strategy of enriching the ADNOC L&S fleet for highly specialised marine services, including comprehensive port operations for customers in the UAE and worldwide. Additionally, we are committed to boosting the in-country value of 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 will continue harnessing the environment for shipping and affiliated sectors through such targeted capital expenditure.”

Pascal Slingerland, regional sales director Middle East for Albwardy Damen, said: “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 the vessel. This includes the construction of new boats in the UAE and drydocking in addition to Damen Services Team in the UAE, which offers niche services for the maritime industry.”

The design and build work for the newbuild vessels was undertaken entirely in the UAE. Damen has previously delivered 33 vessels to ADNOC Group across all its operating companies.

The tender for acquiring vessels was floated in November 2019 and the contract was awarded to Albwardy Damen in July last year. Four of the vessels were delivered in May this year and another two were delivered in June 2021.

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 Petroleum Ports Authority to service all petroleum ports in Abu Dhabi.

Damen Shipyards Group – Oceans of Possibilities

Damen Shipyards Group has been in operation for over ninety years and offers maritime solutions worldwide, through design, construction, conversion and repair of ships and ship components. By integrating systems we create innovative, high quality platforms, which provide our customers with maximum added value.

Our core values are fellowship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and stewardship. Our goal is to become the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder, via digitalisation, standardisation and serial construction of our vessels. 

Damen operates 35 shipyards and 20 other companies in 20 countries, supported by a worldwide sales and service network. Damen Shipyards Group offers direct employment to more than 12,000 people. 


ADNOC is a leading diversified energy and petrochemicals group wholly owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADNOC’s objective is to maximize the value of the Emirate’s vast hydrocarbon reserves through responsible and sustainable exploration and production to support the United Arab Emirates’ economic growth and diversification.

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ADNOC Logistics & Services

As the maritime logistics arm of ADNOC Group, ADNOC L&S supports the entire oil and gas supply chain in the UAE through three major business segments: shipping, integrated logistics and marine services. It provides safe, reliable and cost-efficient maritime and logistics solutions to ADNOC Group companies and more than 100 global customers.

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Attached pictures in high resolution can be downloaded here.

On the contract signing image from left to right:

Mr. Khalfan Al Ali, Manager (Marine Projects (OMS), ADNOC); Mr. Vivek Seth (Senior Vice President, Marine Services, ADNOC); Mr. Lars Seistrup (Managing Director Albwardy Damen); Mr. Pascal Slingerland  (Regional Sales Director Damen Shipyards)   

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