The technical launch of “Al Khor”, the third of the Al Zubarah class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defense within the national naval acquisition program, took place Thursday 30 September at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in Italy. The vessel will be delivered in 2022.
The ceremony, held in a restricted format and in full compliance with anti-contagion requirements, was attended by Staff Brigadier General Abdulla Ali Al-Mazroey, Deputy Commander of Qatar Emiri Navy and Commander of Qatar Emiri Navy Flotilla, Vice Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Italian Navy Maritime Commander – Area North, and Marco Acca, Deputy General Manager of the Naval Vessels Division of Fincantieri.
The Al Zubarah class corvettes, designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules, will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being fighting vessels. They will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, and equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board.
Furthermore, the corvettes will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, the only one active in all high-tech marine industry sectors. Itis leader in the construction and transformation of cruise, naval and oil & gas and wind offshore vessels, as well as in theproduction of systems and component equipment, after-sales services and marine interiors solutions. Thanks to theexpertise developed in the management of complex projects, the Group boasts first-class references in infrastructures,and is a reference player in digital technologies and cybersecurity, electronics and advanced systems.
With over 230 years of history and more than 7,000 ships built, Fincantieri maintains its know-how, expertise andmanagement centers in Italy, here employing 10,000 workers and creating around 90,000 jobs, which double worldwidethanks to a production network of 18 shipyards operating in four continents and with over 20,000 employees.