Abu Dhabi Ship Building Co (ADSB), which is active in the Middle East yacht market through its Safwa Marine subsidiary, has expanded its capacity with new resources. These comprise a new 180mx30m (591ftx98.5ft) floating dock and a new quay area at Port Zayed.

While the main streams of ADSB’s workload are naval and commercial work, it is actively looking through Safwa to expand into the local superyacht refit and new build market. The extension of its activities was strongly promoted at the Dubai International Boat Show in March.

Safwa was originally a 50:50 joint venture between ADSB and Egyptian yacht-maker De Birs. Subsequently ADSB took over full ownership of Safwa and has strengthened its presence in the GCC regional yacht market via marketing a range of services including brokerage and charter as well as the ability to meet refit, repair and maintenance needs either afloat or on-shore.

The acquisition of the new 180m floating dock is appropriate as the world’s largest superyacht – the 180m Azzam- is owned and based in Abu Dhabi. She will be based at the new quayside facility, which is located at Port Zayed located 35km northwest of ADSB’s yard at Mussafah.

The new dock will allow ADSB to lift vessels up to 10,000dwt whereas its existing yard can only cope with craft up to about 2,000dwt and around 80m (263ft) on its synchrolift.

The floating dock was delivered from Turkey.