Iskra shipyard signed a contract in Ukraine for the floating dock and started the largest-ever strategic investment project
Iskra shipyard from Šibenik has signed today in Kiev a very important contract with the state-owned shipyard Pallada from Kherson for the construction of a new floating dock 120m long and 32m wide with a weight capacity of 5,000 t. The new dock will enable Šibenik Shipyard to maintain and perform repair works on almost the entire fleet of Jadrolinija’s ferries, Croatian Navy ships including the future offshore patrol vessel but also luxury yachts of over 100m in length.
According to the contract, the dock will be finished within 13 months and then it will towed, by a tugboat from the Black sea to Šibenik. It will be installed on the location of the existing old dock which was constructed back in 1924 and which is 70m long and has a weight limit of 1,500 t. The existing dock has been in service for 98 years.
This is the largest and most important investment into the shipbuilding in past one hundred years. It is a strategic investment project that will secure further development of Šibenik shipyard, increase the working capacity and upgrade the quality of services it provides. „The new dock will be constructed by using a combined technology of the reinforced concrete pontoon and steel construction that will extend the life cycle of the dock and decrease the maintenance costs as opposed to the all-steel construction. It will be made in line with the highest standards and it will contain in-built tanks for collecting waste waters or harmful substances that can be produced while working on the boats. The dock management is completely digitalized and all its functions are operated by the computer system.“ said Roko Vuletić, a Board member of Šibenik Shipyard.
The construction of the new dock will be monitored by the Croatian Register of Shipping. The dock wil carry the flag of the Republic of Croatia from the very first day.
The new floating dock is the first and the most important step of the big investment plan outlined by the Slovenian company Iskra that has acquired the ownership of the shipyard in 2019. The plan includes several structural investment projects into the shipyard such as site renovation and modernization, new equipment, the increase of production capacity and more efficient energy use.