Kuwait: Top Safety Award for Nemesis 5000 Anti-Piracy System

Top Safety Award for Nemesis 5000 Anti-Piracy System

Nemesis 5000, the water canon based Anti-Piracy Boarding Deterrent System produced by Dasic Marine Ltd, receives a top accolade in Kuwait.  KOTC Engineer and Team Leader of the KOTC Purchasing Group, Nawaf Al-Shatti has been awarded the top prize for pioneering the introduction of the UK manufactured Boarding Deterrent across the Kuwaiti tanker fleet. The project was hailed as achieving ‘great strategic benefits’ for KOTC and KPC.

The competition run by the state owned KPC (Kuwait Petroleum Corporation) reviewed 63 projects across areas of Health, Safety and the Environment before shortlisting the winning initiatives.

Nemesis 5000 topped the awards by being a highly effective unmanned system. It maximises existing vessel utilities to deter boarding by producing a constantly moving defensive curtain of high pressure water jets around a vessel. Thus crew safety and morale is enhanced, while fleet operations are optimised. As Purchasing Group Team Leader Nawaf Al-Shatti comments: “the crew feels the security and tranquillity sought by KOTC because this device reduces piracy operations and its risks. This project saves time, effort and fuel where KOTC’s vessels used to, in recent times with the escalation of piracy, use the Cape of Good Hope, which used to take 31 days, but now they use the Suez Canal, which takes about 18 days to cover the same distance.”

The Anti-Piracy collaboration with Dasic Marine began in January 2010 with the successful sea trial of Nemesis 5000 on board the Al Salheia and was quickly rolled out to sister ships. In 2011 Dasic Marine was also shortlisted and highly commended for its contribution to Safety At Sea at the 23rd Annual Seatrade Awards.

Nemesis 5000 System is now installed on several major international, commercial fleets with on-going discussions in progress for further projects.

Naval Today Staff, September 25, 2012; Image: Dasic Marine