Maersk Alabama, the cargo vessel hijacked by Somalian pirates in 2009 and famous star from Captain Phillips movie, became the first vessel repaired at newly inaugurated Abu Dhabi ship repair facility located at ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company) Free Port.
The land next to Zayed Port has been leased for one year in a deal between ADPC and Topaz Marine Engineering Division (TMED). The contract provides the option for three more years.
The ADPC chief executive, Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, commented:
“We are very pleased about the establishment of this new ship repair facility and very proud to have welcomed the famous Maersk Alabama as our first customer.
“The new facility completes our offerings in the Free Port and will significantly facilitate trade.”
According to ADPC, the company leases the berth and an adjacent area of land to Topaz whilst the Division provides the floating dock, staff and repair expertise.
Maersk Alabama (IMO number 9164263 and MMSI 366873000) was built in 1998 and is registered in the US. The homeport of the DWT 17,375-tonne vessel is Norfolk. She has a capacity of 1,092 TEUs. Her former name is Alva Maersk.