EMPOWERING SAUDI MADE
Zamil Offshore Partners with Ribcraft
Yet another milestone achieved emphasizing the continuous support towards realizing Saudi Vision 2030. Zamil Offshore and Ribcraft are signing a strategic partnership to establish a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) building facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
The partnership is built on the strengths of each company, to combine Zamil Offshore’s position as the premier shipbuilding and repair services provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia along with Ribcraft strong brand name and heritage as a leading global builder of custom and production rigid inflatable boats, towards providing the marine industry with Best-in-Class solutions. This partnership is set to establish a workshop base at Zamil’s Dammam Shipyard facility, providing building, assembly and complete services to the rigid inflatable boats under a new brand name “ZAMIL RIBCRAFT” of which will be “Designed in UK, SAUDI MADE”.
Ribcraft is unique as a global manufacturer offering high standard customizable rigid inflatable boats in that all designs and construction for the entire craft are built in-house at purpose-built facilities. Ribcraft offers a wide range of models from 3.5m to 14.0m, with a variety of options and configurations for every application. Whether military, professional, commercial or leisure purpose, every RIB is built to the highest commercial standards.
Under this partnership, Zamil will be manufacturing RIBS under license at its current Dammam facility to serve the Middle East market. This is aligned with Zamil’s strategic goal of being the One-Stop-Shop solution provider to marine industries clients and stakeholders, upholding the local content upon this latest addition to a new solution in Zamil’s portfolio that empowers the company’s position in supporting a fundamental pillar of Saudi Vision 2030.
Nasser Al Hazzani, COO of Zamil Offshore and Toby Adams, MD of Ribcraft have set their hands together and signed the agreement in at the World Defense Show “WDS” in Riyadh.
“We are delighted to partner with Ribcraft today to provide in Kingdom solutions to the RIBs market. This marks an important step towards diversifying our product range to satisfy the demand of in Kingdom clients as well be a competitive exporter of Saudi manufactured products.” said Nasser Al Hazzani.
“Our partnership with Zamil Offshore is a very exciting opportunity to work with an outstanding business, further develop Ribcrafts global manufacturing capabilities and establish enhanced in country production. We very much look forward to working together” said Toby Adams
The General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) is the Kingdom’s defence sector regulator. Zamil Offshore is licensed by GAMI to engage in various defence activities, including manufacturing, services, and trade. GAMI’s regulatory oversight and policymaking efforts act as the key enabler of such strategic localization partnerships.
About Zamil Offshore:
Zamil Offshore Services Company is a wholly owned Zamil Group Holding Company subsidiary.
Established in 1977, Zamil Offshore Services Company provides diversified offshore and marine support services to the oil and gas industry. The core business includes offshore marine and diving services, offshore construction and hookup services, shipbuilding, ship and rig maintenance, and seaport operations. Zamil has a large compliment of strategic partners including MTU for which Zamil is the exclusive and sole marine distributor covering sales, aftermarket and servicing as part of the MTU global network covering Saudi Arabia.
The company operates shipyards on both coasts of the Kingdom, at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, Saudi Aramco’s West Pier Facility at Ras Tanura, and Jeddah Islamic Port.
Through its shipyards, Zamil has built and delivered over 60 vessels to various Clients in and out of the Kingdom and offers repair services to over 150 vessels annually. In addition, Zamil manages the pilotage and towage operations at King Abdulaziz Dammam Port, conducting about 2,000 movements per year. Zamil also owns and operates a fleet of over 60 offshore support vessels and jack-up barges.
Ribcraft is unique as a global manufacturer offering high standard customizable rigid inflatable boats in that all designs and construction for the entire craft are built in-house at purpose-built facilities. Ribcraft offers a wide range of models from 3.5m to 14.0m, with a variety of options and configurations for every application. Whether military, professional, commercial or leisure purpose, every RIB is built to the highest commercial standards