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BLRT's floating dock in Klaipeda not to be used until 2019

BC, Vilnius/Tallinn, 11.08.2017.Print version
The floating dock bought by the Estonian BLRT Grupp in Montenegro is on its way to the Western Shipyard ship repair plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, but the company said that it is not planning to launch ship repair works on the new dock before 2019, informs LETA/BNS.

Last December a contract was signed between the port of Klaipeda and construction companies Latvijas Tilti and Borta, according to which the bay would be deepened for 11.73 million euros. However, the work has not been started on time due to polluted soil.

Until Malku Bay is fit for the new facility, the dock will be stored in the territory of Western Baltija Shipbuilding.

Measuring 235 meters in length and 45 meters in width, the floating dock was bought by BLRT Grupp from the Montenegro-based Adriatic Shipyard Bijela on June 2016.

The 11,000 ton floating dock at the beginning of August was transported on board of Dockwise Vanguard, a semi-submersible heavy lift ship able to carry up to 110,000 tons of cargo and meant for transporting open sea oil and gas drilling platforms. The floating dock is expected to reach Klaipeda at the end of August.

Companies of BLRT Grupp include three ship repair yards located respectively in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland, which have one dry dock and eight floating docks combined. The newly acquired floating dock is the ninth and at the same time the biggest such dock.

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