Capita Symonds Completes Qatar Work

4 January 2011

Capita Symonds provided event health and safety consultancy services on the recent inauguration of the new Nakilat Ship Repair Yard in Doha.

Located at the Ras Laffan port, the 43-hectare ship yard is set to put Qatar on the map as a world leader in ship maintenance and repair.

Capita Symonds’ Mike Williams and Mesh Ruparelia worked on the inauguration event on behalf of organsiers WRG Qatar LLC. The inauguration was conducted by H H The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.

The opening ceremony combined state-of-the-art technology and acrobatic performances to showcase the synergy between the three companies and countries behind the construction and completion of the shipyard - Nalilat (Qatar) Damen Shipyards Group (Netherlands); Keppel Marine (Singapore).

A giant windmill and replica of the merlion (an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish) represented The Netherlands and Singapore respectively while a large dhow (a traditional Arab sailing vessel) symbolised Qatar's shipbuilding history. Meanwhile, nine flat screen panels showed video clips of the construction progress of the shipyard.

The shipyard has been designed for the repair and maintenance of very large LNG carriers and a wide range of other vessels, as well as for the conversion of tankers to Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) units.

 It is also capable of constructing a wide variety of ships up to 120 metres in length, including: commercial vessels (e.g. tugs, offshore supply vessels, coastal tankers, ferries), naval and coastguard vessels, and superyachts.

Key features of the shipyard include two large dry docks: 400m long x 80m wide; and 360m long x 66m wide. There is also a massive ship construction hall, 270m long x 65m wide x 45m high, capable of building four 120m long vessels simultaneously, completely undercover.