DP World subsidiary Drydocks World-Dubai has announced a strategic agreement with UK-based Silverstream Technologies to drive maritime decarbonisation in the Middle East.

Under the agreement, the companies will promote the use of air lubrication technology in vessels entering the shipyard.

Drydocks World-Dubai is a key centre in the Middle East working on ship repair, conversion, newbuilds, and other maintenance, repair and operations projects. The company also takes on projects that focus on renewables and energy efficiency.

It will become an approved installation provider of the ‘Silverstream System’ air lubrication technology on retrofit projects.

This will enable vessel owners to meet necessary efficiency regulations.

Air lubrication technology is certified under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for newbuilds and Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI).

The technology also meets the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) requirements.

Drydocks World CEO captain Rado Antolovic said: “We are pleased to sign this partnership with Silverstream, an innovative provider of clean technology, as part of our commitment to enhancing the environmental performance of shipping.

“Together, we intend to share technical expertise and promote a proven efficiency solution to minimise the maritime industry’s carbon footprint.”

Apart from promoting the Silverstream System, Drydocks World-Dubai and Silverstream Technologies will also share knowledge on technical and commercial aspects of its installation process.

Silverstream Technologies founder and CEO Noah Silberschmidt said: “As a highly respected yard with decades of experience, it (Drydocks World-Dubai) will help boost adoption of our proven Silverstream System; strengthening the reliability and integrity of our supply chain, and raising awareness of our technology’s capacity to improve ship efficiency and operational flexibility.”

Last April, Silverstream Technologies completed trials of its air lubrication system on a Shell-chartered 170,000m³ liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier named Methane Patricia Camila.