Radio Holland, part of the RH Marine Group, is expanding its sphere of influence in the Middle East through a partnership with Safwa Marine. Initially announced during this year’s Dubai Boat Show, the partnership marries the Safwa Marine shipyard facility and its operations in shipbuilding, maintenance and refit with the Dutch company’s expertise in navcomm solutions.
“Clients in the Middle East have expressed a need for qualitative reliable navigation and communication solutions, which are supported and maintained by expert hands,” says the CEO of Safwa Marine, Francesco Lo Monaco. “We expect this demand to increase and the agreement with Radio Holland brings access to a pool of experienced and skilled engineers and opens to our clients a large portfolio of navcomm solutions.”
Radio Holland’s specialisms include navcomms, connectivity, onboard ICT and service and maintenance. By partnering with Safwa Marine, which boasts high-end facilities in Abu Dhabi and at the Yas Marina complex, the company now has a more solid foothold in the region. “Radio Holland is a long-time provider of navcomm solutions in the Middle East, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah,” says Joachim de Jenlis, regional director of Radio Holland Middle East. “The partnership with Safwa Marine gives to customers the opportunity to access our navcomm expertise and installation capacities while using the local facilities of Safwa Marine in Abu Dhabi.”
The agreement also opens up the Radio Holland global service network to Safwa Marine clients. “Radio Holland has always been a frontrunner in implementing the latest technology developments on board vessels and supporting changing customer requirements,” adds de Jenlis. “With our global network we can support the yacht owners in the Mediterranean and Caribbean as well.”
“Our customers expect the highest levels of services and easy access to a network of service stations,” Monaco concludes. “By using Radio Holland’s resources and expertise, we can provide our clients with tailored solutions, offer global support as well as retrofit solutions in the UAE.”
Picture: (From left) Safwa Marine CEO Francesco Lo Monaco, Radio Holland Middle East regional director Joachim de Jenlis, and Safwa Marine asset manager Khalid Al Qubaisi