Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to provide naval shipbuilding, repair and upgrade activities across the Gulf region.

The new agreement will include fixed service rates for onsite service attendance and repair projects in the Rolls-Royce Dubai workshop.

In addition, provision of spares, technical and commercial support for large tenders and maintenance training of ADSB personnel for Rolls-Royce waterjets will also be offered.

Rolls-Royce Marine Asia and Middle East Senior vice-president Leo Pantazopoulos said: “By working with ADSB, located in the heart of the Gulf, we are strengthening our ability to provide regional governmental and commercial customers with access to skilled engineers and state-of-the-art facilities, allowing them to repair and overhaul their ships efficiently and with minimum downtime.”

“It establishes a growth platform that will enable us to best serve our customers in the region.”

“The agreement creates a strong foundation for a meaningful partnership between our two companies. It establishes a growth platform that will enable us to best serve our customers in the region.”

The current contract builds on the existing relationship between the two companies and the UAE Navy for both new constructions and upgrades.

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Also, the deal has the potential to lead to the development of latest and modern technological products such as equipment health monitoring, and remote and autonomous vessels.

Last year, Rolls-Royce received a number of orders for the supply of waterjets spares, in addition to providing several services and upgrades.