(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM)) In an unprecedented achievement, Emirates Classification Society, Tasneef, has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin, a global security, aerospace, and information technology company in the United States, to issue classification certificates and conduct inspections for a design of new naval vessel manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
Commenting on the signing, the CEO of Tasneef, Rashed AlHebsi, said, "In accordance with this agreement, our role is represented in conducting an inspection of the design presented by Lockheed Martin to manufacture a military vessel and make sure it complies with our specifications and standards as well as those set by international conventions in the field of shipbuilding; this design, presented by Lockheed Martin, is considered one of the latest designs developed by one of the largest military manufactures in the United States."
AlHebsi added, "Lockheed's selection of Tasneef is recognition of our level of competence and expertise in the issuance of classification certificates and conducting inspections for the naval designs produced by one of the largest naval ship building companies in the world. This agreement places us at the level of other maritime classification societies that despite being in the market far longer, some are still unable to provide these advanced technical services."
Capt. Waleed AlNahdi, Marketing and Commercial Director at Tasneef, explained that in accordance with the agreement, Lockheed Martin will receive two types of certificates, the first is classification and specifications inspection certificates, and the second is the finalised certificate that confirms that the new design complies with the specifications and international conventions in maritime ship-building.
Tasneef has already begun the inspection and assessment process on the design, which will take up to 6 months, after which Lockheed Martin will review its design, taking into consideration the remarks and recommendations presented by the inspection and the engineering team at Tasneef.
This new designed vessel that is being currently classified by Tasneef is a new addition to the military vessels collection developed by Lockheed Martin, the most important of which are multi-purpose vessels. The company is also manufacturing surface multi-task combat vessels with operational advantages that include the strongest existing combat systems currently in service.
AlNahdi added, "Upon completion of this mission, and modifying the design by Lockheed Martin in accordance with our observations, the company will promote and market the new naval vessel as an added value offered by them and classified by Tasneef. That presents us as a quality label that enhances the competitiveness of the ships certified by us upon entry to the Gulf and Arab world market."
Signing this agreement is an important step for Tasneef towards achieving one of the most crucial strategic objectives for its establishment; the countries in the region have long looked forward to having a national and an Arab house of expertise that checks the reliability and suitability of the ships and military pieces purchased by the military as one of the most important national and regional security pillars. Today, Tasneef is fully capable of carrying out this mission, and this agreement will drive the UAE and Arab marine military industries towards more leadership and excellence on the global level and national and Arab factories will find a local environment that meets their needs.
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