Mixed fortunes for Spanish and Portuguese repair yards
‘Euro Snow’ main engine ready to be installed after repairs
The Portuguese shiprepair yard Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) repaired 31 vessels up to September, a number slightly inferior to that achieved in 2010 in the same period.
While the number of enquiries received decreased compared to last year, it was in the turnover that the yard felt the biggest difference with ship owners reducing the scope of repairs as much as possible and only carrying out the most essential work.
The most significant projects ENVC carried out this year included the extensive repair of the main engine, with the complete renewal of the cylinder block, of the Global Hanseatic Shipping container ship Euro Snow.
From Atlanship SA, three fruit juice tankers underwent extensive repairs, i.e. Orange Wave, Bebedouro and Orange Blossom. Orange Wave was fully blasted and painted with silicon.
Two vessels from Vroon BV were repaired, the livestock carrier Angus Express, and the asphalt tanker Iver Asphalt. Angus Express underwent a complete overhaul on the main engine, rudder, rudderstock, tailshaft, propeller, pumps and other equipment, and a new cattle drinking water system was fitted in all cargo holds. On the Iver Asphalt, all ballast and fuel tank vent heads were overhauled and PV valve pipelines renewed.
Rohde Nielsen, another regular client, had two dredgers in for routine drydock work in addition to carrying out modification to the dredging system to adapt them for a new contract.
Lisnave keeps busy
Despite the economic and financial crisis that has negatively affected the ship repair activity in the last three years, Lisbon’s Lisnave reports that it has been able to maintain the same level of work as in 2010.
A total of 82 vessels from 48 customers located in 20 countries have so far this year used the Lisnave facilities at Setubal. The most significant numbers were from owners/operators in Greece, Singapore, Germany, Denmark, Cyprus, Japan and Hong-Kong.
An aggressive commercial policy to secure new orders, associated with an increasing number of repeat customers enabled the yard to maintain its position as one of the main shiprepair centres. Although the yard undertakes work on all types of vessels, the focus of activity remains in traditional segments with the tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, LPG and car carriers.
Bright future for Cadiz
Across the border in Spain, the increase in cruise movements between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, allows Navantia Cadiz shipyard to maintain its abiity to offer maintenance, upgrades and conversions in a geographically strategic area for cruise ship operators.
Benign and stable weather conditions contribute to ensure timely delivery, claimed to be a crucial factor for cruise liner operation. Facilities at the Cadiz yard, which include a 400,000dwt dry dock measuring 386m x 66m x 9m, are suited to larger types of commercial vessels and cruise ships. The yard has 3,000m of mooring berths equipped with cranes of up to 100t lifting capacity, its own sewage treatment plant, high capacity fresh and sea water supply, electrical current at various voltages and frequencies, as well as firefighting equipment.
Recently, Cadiz has been involved in upgrading Royal Caribbean International’s 69,130gt Splendour of the Seas, built in 1996, which now boasts a completely upgraded standard of accommodation. RCI intends to send another four of its cruise ships to the Cadiz shipyard for similar upgrading and has already booked two of its vessels for dry-docking next year.
Apart from the yard’s commercial activities with a number of cruise ship companies, it also has dry-dock bookings for two large cargo vessels in 2012.
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