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UAE shipbuilder delivers first vessel for Bahrain navy

Abu Dhabi Ship Building set to complete second landing craft by late 2010.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building has delivered the first of two 42-metre landing craft being built for the Royal Bahrain Naval Force.

The project, being undertaken at the company's ship building facility in Mussafah, after it won the contract for the ships in late 2008 against strong competition from international shipyards.

The 42m vessels are designed to carry troops and vehicles, and can be used for cargo transportation and for beach landing in the coastal waters, the company said in a statement.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building previously built and delivered two similar vessels that are now in service with the UAE Navy.

Humaid Al Shemmari, chairman, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, said: "Abu Dhabi Ship Building continues to expand its know-how and technological expertise to cater to evolving customer demands and requirements, particularly in line with growing investments in various naval facilities and vessels across the region."

The second vessel is already in advanced production stage and will be launched and delivered in late 2010.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building was founded in 1996 and its client base includes navies, coastguards and other military, paramilitary and commercial vessel operators across the GCC region.

The company posted a net profit of AED114.39m in 2009.

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