ADSB, the regional leader in the new build, repair, maintenance, refit and conversion of naval and commercial vessels, signed a reciprocal agreement with Novamarine, a global leader in the design and build of boats with unique features.
The agreement mandates ADSB to design, manufacture and market co-branded Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) in the UAE, while Novamarine handles the marketing of ADSB vessels in Europe.
David Massey, CEO of ADSB, and Francesco Pirro, CEO of Novamarine, signed the strategic agreement on the sidelines of the Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021), which took place alongside the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021) on 21-25 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Under the terms of the agreement, ADSB and Novamarine are to explore market opportunities for the RHIB in the GCC region as well as in Europe, and develop tailored designs and solutions based on various customer requirements. Purposed to build long-term synergies between the two entities, the agreement enables ADSB to locally manufacture RHIBs in dimensions ranging from 8-20 metres - significantly expanding its current product portfolio.
Recognised for their performance and stability in various sea-state conditions, RHIBs are the favoured boat in multiple naval scenarios today due to their versatility and durability. The RHIB’s build and the design of its foam-filled tubes makes the boat a best-in-class, high-buoyancy vessel that offers stability in all weather conditions and turbulence, even while conveying heavy payloads. Militaries and special ops around the world employ high performance RHIBs across a range of operations, from search and rescue to interception.
The new agreement is expected to pave the way for new opportunities for ADSB while reinforcing the company’s mission to deliver innovative and dependable solutions that add value for its clients and stakeholders – both military and civilian.
David Massey, CEO of ADSB, said: “At ADSB, we remain focused on bringing to market innovative new products. Collaborating with industry leading companies, such as Novamarine, enables ADSB to anticipate and address evolving market demand. We look forward to a mutually beneficial and enduring partnership.”
Francesco Pirro, CEO of Novamarine, said: “We are confident in our choice of partner for the GCC region. ADSB boasts a long track record of success in building cutting-edge vessels and boats to meet varying requirements. This synergy will set the tone in ensuring greater interoperability among our entities in the future.”
ADSB runs one of the most advanced shipyards in the region with a successful track record spanning almost a quarter of a century. As the regional leader in the new build, repair, maintenance, refit and conversion of naval and commercial vessels, the company helps keep the UAE’s naval fleet in prime operational condition.
ADSB’s vision is to become the leading regional shipyard through delivering innovative and dependable solutions and building lasting relationships that bring added value to clients and other stakeholders, both military and civilian. The company is also involved in the civilian energy sector, providing fabrication, maintenance and refurbishment services for static offshore energy infrastructure.
ADSB is part of the Platforms & Systems cluster of EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond, that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, EDGE consolidates over 25 entities and employs more than 13,000 brilliant minds, offering expertise across five core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Cyber Defence, Electronic Warfare & Intelligence and Mission Support.