Maritime Survey Australia have a long-standing relationship with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In 2016, KAUST engaged Maritime Survey Australia to update their Safety Management System and complete a condition survey of the Research Vessel Thuwal, originally an Australian-built tuna fishing vessel, purchased in 2013 by KAUST to undertake marine research expeditions across the Red Sea.
Through the condition survey, MSA surveyors Mick Uberti and Isi Lyons identified issues with the vessel that would require a comprehensive refit to ensure safety, compliance and asset life extension. MSA were appointed to act as project managers for a major vessel refit with work carried out at the Lusben Shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. Under the leadership of project manager, Isabelle Bazile the project was successfully completed in 2018 with the refit completed in only three months.