The Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and Zamil Shipyard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in future naval projects in Saudi Arabia according to Al Defaiya
With the MoU, Navantia’s commitment towards the Kingdom’s plan ‘Vision 2030’ has gone another step forward. This agreement is focused on collaboration in future naval shipbuilding programs in the Kingdom and in other areas such as ship repairs, conversions or sustainment.
Zamil Shipyard, a division of Zamil Offshore Service Company is located in Dammam Port. Zamil Offshore Service Company has a division for shipbuilding and ship repair encompassing the management of three strategically located shipyards, two in the Persian Gulf area located at Dammam Port and the third shipyard located in the Red Sea at Jeddah Islamic Port. Zamil shipyard started the shipbuilding business in 2002 by utilizing the facilities in Dammam port and succeeded to contract and deliver over fifty (50) vessels, the majority of such are working in Saudi waters.
Navantia has launched other initiatives in the Kingdom to boost industrial cooperation in the area of Combat System integration, a highly technological area for which Navantia created a Joint Venture with SAMI (Saudi Arabia Military Industries) to develop, integrate and market the first Saudi Combat System: HAZEM. The already fully operational company, called SAMI-Navantia, was awarded a significant contract in September 2019 for the supply and integration of the combat system of the five Avante 2200 corvettes currently under construction for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.
Additionally, Navantia is discussing cooperation with companies in the Kingdom aimed at achieving the necessary self-sufficiency in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of vessels and the development of a solid shipbuilding ecosystem in Saudi Arabia.