Lisnave Will Continue Technical Support To ASRY In Bahrain

The Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) in Bahrain (shown above) and Estaleiros Navales de Lisboa (Lisnave) of Portugal recently signed an agreement under which Lisnave will continue to provide technical support to ASRY until 1989. One of the world's largest and most experienced VLCC repair yards, Lisnave was originally chosen both to design and then manage ASRY, the AOPEC-owned repair yard that was inaugurated in 1977.

Cooperation in succeeding years has been close, with Lisnave sending management and technical specialists to ASRY and supervising the training of local technicians, both in Bahrain and Lisbon.

The original concept of a repair yard in the Arabian Gulf to service the many tankers, bulk carriers, containerships, and general cargo vessels trading to the area has been a great success, with occupancy of ASRY's 450,000-dwt drydock always exceeding 83 percent. Technology transfer, one of the primary objectives, has also been achieved. The ASRY work force is reinforced by contract labor from the Far East as well as technicians from Europe in specialist activities, among whom Lisnave provides more than 100 personnel.

The link with Lisnave has enabled ASRY to call on teams of specialists at short notice to work on large repair specifications and thus extend the yard's capabilities, making ASRY technically competitive with larger shipyards in Europe and the Far East. This link will now continue, at least until 1989, and provide a useful base for ASRY's further development in line with shipowners' demands for larger and more complex repairs as docking intervals lengthen and more specialized machinery and equipment is incorporated in new vessel design and development.

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