This recognition underlines Jadaf Dubai’s commitment to provide highest quality ship lifting operations to regional and international clients. The honour was conveyed to Al Jadaf through a letter from Rolls Royce, which also commended Jadaf on its excellent overall performance during 2004.
Commenting on the achievement, Hamed Bin Lahej, the General Manager of Jadaf Dubai, said: “Al Jadaf is honoured to be the number one ship lifting dock in the world. Today, Jadaf offers a range of unparalleled competitive advantages to its regional and international clients and we are proud of this great achievement. I would like to congratulate Al Jadaf staff for their efforts in making 2004 a record year for us. I also thank Dubai Government for their continuous support to Al Jadaf over the years.”
In 2004, Jadaf Dubai completed 2,181 operations, against the average of 300 operations at European docks. Jadaf Dubai recorded 17 per cent increase in its operations in the first three months of 2005, compared to the corresponding period last year.
Rolls-Royce offers a product portfolio ranging from vessel design and gas turbine engines to water jets and deck handling equipment. The business is unique in its scope and capabilities, with the aim of supplying power, propulsion and motion control systems for high-value vessels. Jadaf Dubai uses shiplift and associated transfer systems of Syncrolift Inc., a subsidiary of Rolls Royce Marine Company.
Syncrolift Inc. is the global market leader with a market share of over 95 per cent in the design and supply of ship lift and associated transfer systems. The company’s product range includes shiplifts, bargelifts, transfer systems, ferry ramps, caissons and control systems. Jadaf Dubai has been utilizing the Syncrolift technology for 26 years in its 28-year history.
“Al Jadaf is a manifestation of collective determination and represents and symbolises a strong public-private sector partnership. We will continue our commendable performance in the years to come and scale new heights in ship lifting and maintenance operations,” added Bin Lahej.
Since several decades Dubai has operated as a major trading hub for exports to the Far East, India and Africa and its success in this regard was primarily due to the efficient marine services available in the emirate. Under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, Dubai has achieved great progress in maritime trade to keep pace with the significant developments in all economic sectors.
Jadaf Dubai, the oldest ship repair yard in the Arabian Gulf area, offers facilities to handle all types of sea faring vessels weighing up to 2,550 deadweight tonnes. Vessels come from different countries, including South Asia and Africa, due to its long-standing reputation as the unmatched facility for ship lifting and maintenance. Being one of the oldest yards, Jadaf Dubai has a long tradition of quality workmanship at competitive prices. It is estimated that nearly 70 per cent of the small and medium sized vessels passing through the region dock at Al Jadaf for maintenance and repair.
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