Posted on November 30, 2014

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ), Qatar’s premier shipbuilder, received a group of over 20 international superyacht journalists and industry professionals for a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art facilities at Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan.

NDSQ is currently constructing two 71m fast diving support vessels, which are being constructed to luxury superyacht standards and are due for delivery in 2017. The visitors toured the yard to see NDSQ’s facilities including a 270m x 65m x 35m main construction hall; a superyacht outfitting building which has two bays of 180m x 37.5m x 45m; and a 1,100-tonne travel lift, one of the largest travel lifts in the world. The Shipyard extends across 150,000m2. NDSQ’s outfitting quay of 600m will be expanded in 2015 with the addition of a 120m outfitting pier.

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NDSQ's Managing Director, Rino Brugge, says: "Since NDSQ began operations in 2010, we have delivered more than 22 new vessels to the local market. We have also completed refits and repairs on 14 yachts of up to 80m in length. We are well positioned to meet the growing needs of the maritime industry in Qatar and we are committed to making a strong contribution to the Qatar National Vision 2030. We are now keen to market our facilities and services to a wider audience and we are talking with a number of potential clients about superyacht projects.”

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan, Qatar. Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), up to 170m in length. For more information visit: