NDSQ (Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar) has delivered two 71m (233ft) superyacht-styled fast diving support vessels based on the Damen ‘Sea Axe’ design to the Qatari government. These are the first superyacht new-builds to be completed at the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, which is a 70:30 joint venture between Nakilat, the Qatari state-owned gas company, and the Damen Group.

The two vessels, which have taken some four years to build, are highly complex vessels that were fully customised to ensure the highest performance levels, ease of maintenance and enhanced safety features. These two yachts will have space for 47 people on board, including at least 35 crew and 10-12 guests.

The NDSQ yard, situated in Ras Laffan, is looking to developing a workflow based on yachts and it has already performed 28 superyacht repair and refit jobs including the 80m (263ft) Constellation built by Oceanco. The yard can build up to 170m (558ft) and its facilities include four 120m-long construction halls and a launch system.

The yard constructs workboats to meet a wide range of tasks – tugboats, pilot boats, work barges, dredgers and high-speed craft using proven shipbuilding designs, while incorporating industry-leading standards for quality in all aspects of the manufacturing process.

NDSQ is equipped with comprehensive shipyard facilities such as fully climate-controlled halls enabling interior and exterior finishing to the highest standards. The Superyacht Hall is used to build, repair and refit superyachts and yacht support vessels with a length of up to 170m.