11 Sep 2018 15:56

Zvezda shipyard's dry dock to be commissioned in 2020 - Sechin

BOLSHOI KAMEN (Primorye Territory). Sept 11 (Interfax) - The commissioning of the Zvezda shipyard's dry dock has been moved forward to an earlier date in 2020, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said at the dry dock's first concrete pouring ceremony on Tuesday.

Engineering preparations and excavation of the dry dock's pit began in 2017, Sechin said. "We were scheduled to commission this facility in 2023. Yet the work is in full swing, we are set to significantly reduce the construction time, and plan to commission the dry dock as early as in 2020," he said.

The dock is a complex hydro-technical facility of 485 to 114 to 14 meters in size, Sechin said. "Its parameters allow for building every existent and future type of vessels irrespective of the tonnage and launch weight of hulls, including the largest Arctic gas tanker designed for being used in the Arctic LNG project on the Northern Sea Route, high ice-class drilling rigs, Lider nuclear-powered icebreakers, marine equipment, and other unique ships," he said.

Another Goliath crane with a lifting capacity of 1,200 tonnes, a water gate, and tower cranes are being built for the dry dock, Sechin said. They will be supplied to the construction site in June 2018 and assembled. The construction of outfitting shops of the dry dock will also begin earlier than planned, in 2019, Sechin said.