Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), a leading provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, announced on the 23rd of August the appointment of four UAE nationals to lead key divisions within the company. Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO of ADSB, issued the appointments in line with the company’s commitment of increased Emiratization.
The newly appointed Managers include: Hussein Al Baloushi, named Manager of the Baynunah Corvettes Development Program; Najeeb Al Shekeily appointed as Manager of Naval Support Services (NSS); Abdul Khaleq Al Harethi named Manager of the Arialah Project; and Saeed Al Ataishy as Program Manager, Kuwait LandingCraft.
Commenting on the new appointments, Dr. Al Mazrouei asserted that the new appointments reflect UAE leadership’s directives on Emiratization and expanded opportunities for creating a specialized national workforce.
Dr. Al Mazrouei said, “With an increasing evolving job market, it is critical to ensure that Emiratis are equipped to lead and drive the industry and our nation forward.”
Hussein Al Baloushi will lead the Baynunah Corvettes Development Program. The program began in 2004 with a contract for six military naval corvettes, five of which were constructed in the ADSB shipyard. To date, three vessels have been delivered to the UAE Navy.
Najeeb Al Shekeily will now lead the Naval Support Services (NSS) Division. NSS provides a complete range of through-life support services to GCC maritime security forces, as well as maintenance services to the UAE Navy.
Abdul Khaleq Al Harethi will now oversee Project Arialah. Launched in 2014, Project Arjalah will supply two ships for UAE Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) patrol. The ships combat systems and equipment are installed at the ADSB shipyard, with expected completion in 2017. The ships specifications match infrastructure constructed in Damen’s Galati shipyard in Romania, with support from the Damen and Talas companies.
Saeed Al Ataishy has been named Program Manager, Kuwait LandingCraft. The program is due to commence in the second half of 2015 and will supply a number of Abrar ships, measuring 62 meters, 42 meters and 16 meters, to the Kuwait Ministry of Defense. The contract is valid for 22 months.
Dr. Al Mazrouei added, “Since the launch of ADSB in 1996, we have placed great emphasis on cultivating national capabilities and our latest appointments only strengthen our commitment to diversifying local talent.”