Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) announced the delivery of two 71.5-metre fast diving vessels (FDV) yesterday afternoon. The projects were announced in March 2013 and construction began in 2014, with both support yachts launched in January 2018. Official photos of the vessels have yet to be released, but a few photos of both yachts can be seen on Instagram. Photo: Maarten Janssen / SuperYacht TimesThe first vessel was built under the project name Al Jassasiya I and has now been named Umm Alhoul. The second vessel was built under the project name Al Jassasiya II and has now been named Daloob.
Both dive support yachts are based on the same platform as the Damen 6711/6911 yacht support vessels, which include support yachts such as Intrepid, 6711 GEO, Game Changer and Garcon. Both the interior and exterior of the vessels have been designed by Stefano Pastrovich.
The SuperYacht Times team visited the shipyard in Qatar a few times over the past few years and in January 2014 we published an interview in which the company revealed that they would be interested in doing more yacht projects.
NDSQ was established in 2010 as a joint venture between Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat) and Damen Shipyards Qatar Holding BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Damen Shipyards Group, with 70% and 30% ownership respectively. The shipyard is located in the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard near Ras Laffan in the north-eastern corner of Qatar.
The following video of NDSQ offers an impression of their facility and features an animation of how they launch the vessels, as well as several yachts they have refitted over the past few years.