Unmanned Service Vessels big in UAE
Local market could be worth as much as $4 billion over five years.
UAE boat builder Al Marakeb aims to make waves in unmanned vessels
The UAE boat builder Al Marakeb aims to become the world’s first mass producer of Unmanned Service Vessels (USVs) for use in sectors including marine defence and international shipping.
The Sharjah-based company yesterday announced that it had signed a deal with Theyab International Group (TIG) for the sale and marketing of the so-far unnamed vessels to military and commercial organisations around the world.
“The agreement that Al Marakeb has signed with TIG represents a number of firsts for the region,” said Al Marakeb’s managing director Basel Shuhaiber. “Not only are we the first local company to set up a production line of USVs, we are also the first to bring capable and reliable solutions for many problems experienced by maritime and coastal organisations, both in this part of the world and abroad.”
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