Mammoet signs Middle East alliance

By Christian Shelton19 April 2021

Paul van Gelder, chief executive Officer Mammoet (left) said the agreement will improve the efficiency of projects for customers. On the right is Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, chief corporate authority officer and head of the maritime cluster of Abu Dhabi Ports

The United Arab Emirates branch of Dutch heavy lift and transport specialist Mammoet, Mammoet United Arab Emirates, and Abu Dhabi-based integrated maritime logistics company Offshore Support and Logistics Services Company (OFCO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The agreement aims to create a package of on and offshore turnkey transport and installation solutions for projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said Mammoet.

The two companies will initially target UAE-based projects with future ambitions to venture further into the GCC.

According to Mammoet, the joint proposition is attractive to customers because it is flexible and competitive, enabling customers to partner with a single service provider, rather than having to rely on several subcontractors to meet their supply chain requirements.

Paul van Gelder, chief executive Officer Mammoet, said, “At Mammoet we always look for ways to improve the efficiency of projects for our customers. The strategic alliance with OFCO is a testament to that, as our collaboration will reduce the number of interfaces within the logistics chain of projects, enabling the planning and operations to be streamlined, and therefore realising the most efficient and cost-effective approaches.

“Mammoet maintains the largest fleet of heavy lifting equipment in the world, and so is well-positioned to scale its service in response to any challenge. We look forward to bringing this enhanced offering to clients in the GCC, as part of this strategic partnership.”

Launched at the start of 2021, OFCO operates under Safeen Group, Abu Dhabi Ports’ marine services arm. Mammoet said it is one of the largest providers of onshore and offshore integrated logistics solutions and subsea services in the GCC.

Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, chief corporate authority officer and head of maritime cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said. “The newly-announced collaboration between Abu Dhabi Ports’ OFCO and Mammoet marks a critical milestone in Abu Dhabi Ports’ ongoing efforts to foster an integrated logistics ecosystem catering to our commercial and industrial customers’ every need.

“By combining each organisation’s expertise and resources, we can complement each other’s service offering and explore potential operational and logistical synergies, which would allow us to create an integrated, cost-effective solution for the major project market within the GCC and beyond.”

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