Two newly-designed abras to start trial run

DUBAI — Two newly designed abras have started pilot operations at the Dubai Creek, officials of the Marine Agency of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 3 Jul 2008, 1:16 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:59 PM

During the operations, the performance and adaptability of the abras to the weather conditions would be checked.

Hussain Al Saffar, Director of Operations and Performance Department at the Marine Agency said these Abras, one motorized and the other rowing, would be operating on an experimental basis for three months.

"The new generation of abras will be manufactured from a mahogany-covered composite sandwich of fibre and aluminium, and not wood. The wooden coat will maintain the traditional shape of the existing abras. These abras will pave the way for introducing a new generation of environment-friendly and economical abras fitted with enhanced safety standards and improved manoeuvrability features," said the official.

He added that the new abras have been modelled on the same dimensions of the existing abras. "With a fuel tank capacity of 300 litres, these abras will operate at a speed of 10 knots per hour. The motors will have the flexibility of using alternative and environment-friendly energy.

“These abras can make a 90 degree turn, making it easier to manoeuvre it while entering or exiting dockyards. Moreover, it will be easier to lift and lower these boats during maintenance. They will be painted with an anti-adhesive coating. All maintenance tools will be available," the official pointed out.

Security and safety standards of the abras will be addressed through the provision of 22 life jackets, two life belts, a special compartment for first aid requirements and an easily accessible fire-fighting point.

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