In early July 2022, a meeting was held at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Warsaw between representatives of the Polish shipyard Crist, Synlift and the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster (BSSC). The meeting was hosted by Ahmed Al-Mansouri, Second Secretary of the UAE Embassy. The topic of discussion was the matter of shipbuilding for the offshore wind sector.

Crist is a leading shipyard in the European market. The shipyard’s specialty is shipbuilding and marine structures. The shipyard has already delivered to the market such units as Heavy Maintenance Vessel “VIDAR”, Heavy Lift Jack – Up Vessel “INNOVATION” and Jack-up Barge “THOR”. In addition, the electric ferry Electra, built at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia and ordered by FinFerries, is the first electric ferry operated in Finland.

“A hub for the production of zero-emission ships has been established at Crist shipyard. More of electric ferries are currently being built at the shipyard”, said Jacek Milewski, Member of the Management Board, CFO at CRIST.

According to BSSS, Crist has been invited to produce the unique SYNWATER® / Floating WINDdesal (FWD) system. It is a floating wind farm with solar panels, whose energy is used to desalinate water and seawater, as well as to produce clean water. SYNLIFT Industrial Products (SIP) is leading the effort. Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, Prysmian Group, Boll & Kirch Filterbau, AEROVIDE, and EMS Maritime Offshore are also participating in the project. On the Polish side, StoGda Ship Design & Engineering is involved in the project.

Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked the participants of the meeting for presenting innovative projects and proposals for cooperation. He also informed of his plans to present them to stakeholders in the UAE.