Gulf Shipyards

10 January 2011

Six key figures behind the largest ship repair and maintenance yards in the region: Nigel McCue, Kevin Hudson, Sheikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij al-Khalifa, K Venkataramanan, Fazel Fazelbhoy and Khamis bu Amim

Nigel McCue

Position Chief executive officer (CEO), Lamprell

Biography Nigel McCue joined the board of Dubai-headquartered Lamprell in July 2006 as a non-executive director before being appointed as chief operating officer in May 2008. A year later, he was promoted to CEO.

McCue has more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Prior to joining Lamprell, his previous positions included CEO of Canada’s Jura Energy Corporation, various management roles at the US’ Chevron and chief financial officer of Sweden’s Lundin Petroleum. McCue also served as president and vice-chairman of Dubai’s Nemmoco Petroleum, a private exploration and production company. He was senior non-executive director of Dragon Oil since 2002. Lamprell specialises in the construction and refurbishment of jack-up rigs and other offshore vessels and facilities for the oil and gas industry. The company operates major yards in Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE and Thailand.  

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 887 2323

Kevin Hudson

Position Managing director, Maritime Industrial Services

Biography Kevin Hudson joined Dubai-based Maritime Industrial Services in October 2008 and has served on the board of directors since April 2009. Before joining Maritime Industrial Services, Hudson was the chief executive of Canada’s Irving Shipbuilding and Fleetaway in Nova Scotia, Canada. Between 1998 and 2000, Hudson work for the US’ Brown & Root’s Hellenic Shipyards. He joined the company from the UK’s Babcock Thorn, where he had worked since 1992. Hudson was hired by Maritime Industrial Services to implement an aggressive growth strategy that the company is currently rolling out across the region. The company specialises in the construction of offshore platforms, as well as the refurbishment of onshore and offshore rigs. Hudson holds a degree in naval architecture and ship building from Newcastle University in the UK.

Contact Tel: (+971) 6 528 5345

Sheikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij al-Khalifa

Position Chairman, Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY)

Biography Sheikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij al-Khalifa is chairman of Bahrain’s ASRY. He is also chairman of Bahrain’s General Organisation of Sea Ports and a board member of United Arab Shipping Corporation. From 1992 until 2006, he worked as assistant undersecretary for foreign trade at Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry & Commerce, and then as head of foreign trade. From March 2006 to June 2008, he was president of customs at the Finance Ministry. In June 2008, he became the ministry’s undersecretary for ports affairs. Sheikh Daij is also chairman of Bahrain Airport Company. Previously, he was chairman of the board of the GCC Patent Office and board member of both King Fahd Causeway Authority and Aluminium Bahrain. Sheikh Daij graduated in 1991, with a degree in international business from the American University in the US.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 735 9522

K Venkataramanan

Position President, Engineering & Construction, Larsen & Toubro

Biography K Venkataramanan is president, engineering & construction, for India’s Larsen & Toubro. A large part of this role involves overseeing Larsen & Toubro’s modular fabrication yard at Sohar in Oman. The yard is a joint venture between Larsen & Toubro and Oman’s Zubair Corporation. It fabricates rigs and platforms for the offshore oil and gas industry. The yard has an area of 400,000 square metres and its client list includes Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), Saudi Aramco and the US’ Chevron. Venkataramanan has a degree in chemical engineering from IIT Delhi. He joined Larsen & Toubro as a graduate engineering management trainee in 1966. In his 44 years with Larsen & Toubro, Venkataramanan has been involved in numerous engineering schemes. He is also a member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Contact Tel: (+968) 26 847 054

Fazel Fazelbhoy

Position CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine

Biography Fazel Fazelbhoy has worked with Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine for 11 years and was appointed CEO in January 2008. Between 2002-07, Fazelbhoy was general manager of Topaz affiliate, Nico International, which specialises in ship repair services, including conversion and refurbishment. He was responsible for expanding the business and opened new facilities in Azerbaijan, Fujairah, Kazakhstan and Oman. Prior to this, Fazelbhoy was general manager of business development and operations manager for another Topaz subsidiary, Adyard Abu Dhabi.  The firm specialises in both onshore and offshore engineering. At Adyard, Fazelbhoy was responsible for engineering, procurement and offshore construction, as well as rig repair and conversion work. Fazelbhoy graduated from New York University in the US and began his career with Honeywell, working on projects in the US, the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 440 4700

Khamis bu Amim

Position Chairman, Drydocks World

Biography Khamis bu Amim was named chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, a subsidiary of Dubai World in June 2010. Bu Amim has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, having worked for the US’ ConocoPhillips in various management positions. Between 2002-07, he was vice-president of Dubai Petroleum Company, a ConocoPhillips affiliate company in the UAE. In 2007, he was elected president and chief executive officer of Regional Clean Sea Organisation, an oil industry cooperative organisation. Bu Amim has held several other key roles, including secretary general of the Dubai government’s Oil Spill Task Force, secretary general of the UAE Oil and Gas Human Resources Group and senior regional adviser for Global Energy. He has a degree in business management and economics. Drydocks World’s Dubai yard is the largest facility of its kind in the Middle East.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 345 0626

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