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    Growing ISS fleet to meet demand in Fujairah

    Vessel & ROV News // July 4, 2003
    Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has delivered its fifth support launch to the UAE port of Fujairah ahead of schedule, to meet increasing demand for vessel supply services from ocean-going vessels using the anchorage.

    Inchcape 17 is the newest such launch to operate in the port, and will be used for the transfer of crew and the supply of services including provision and spare parts, to vessels lying offshore. These new support launches form the firstphase of a regional fleet replacement andenhancement strategy recently put in place by ISS.

    Another ISS support launch was deployed recently as the first craft of its kind in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr since the port opened for commercial cargo operations.

    Inchcape 11 is already providing support services to existing customers in Umm Qasr, including major specialist dredging and marine contractors Van Oord ACZ.

    The vessel will also be available to provide services to the trade in general, with all enquiries being handled through ISS' new office in the port.

    The crew boats cost US$1m apiece, and were built at Al Jadaf Shipyard in Dubai, under an agreement between ISS Middle East and Grandweld, a Dubai-based shipbuilder.

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