BLRT Repair Yards is a well-established ship repair group with facilities in three Baltic countries, and is a member of leading Baltic industrial holding BLRT Grupp. The group operates Tallinn Shipyard in Estonia, Western Shiprepair in Lithuania and Turku Repair Yard in Finland. The Turku shipyard is home to one of the largest dry docks in Northern Europe, capable of accommodating vessels up to the size of an Aframax. The Klaipeda yard is home to the largest floating dock in the Baltic.
Although the existing shipyard facilities are extensive, the BLRT repair yards have expanded in recent years to accommodate more and larger vessels. The expansion allows the shipyard group to be competitive in a wider market and to seek new opportunities for larger ship classes. In addition, the parent company BLRT Grupp, which celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2022, has acquired businesses complementary to its ship repair activities. This includes the purchase of the marine electrical systems company Elekter Bars, bring new expertise on ship electrical systems to the conglomerate.
New investments pay off
In early March, a full-scale interim study project was undertaken by Western Shiprepair – one of the facilities of BLRT Repair Yards in Klaipeda – for the Gaschem Aachen, an LNG carrier managed by Hartmann Gas Carriers. The team carried out various works including the polishing of the propellers, the renewal of more than 40 tons of steel, the replacement of the hydraulic hoses of the crane, the revision of the hydraulic cylinder of the hose handling crane, the modification of the water treatment plant, an overhaul of the electric motors, treatment and painting of the hull and the fresh water tank.
In mid-March, the same Klaipeda yard won a contract to repair a tanker belonging to SLOMAN NEPTUN Schiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, the Hercule Sloman. It’s a new customer for construction sites, and the docking of Hercule Sloman was a pilot project. The client was satisfied with the results and awarded Western Shiprepair a contract for another vessel Sloman Dispatcher, an MPP carrier. The vessel has undergone a propulsion overhaul, CPP hub repair, hull and superstructure treatment and painting, heat exchanger overhaul, hatch cover repair work and the installing the BWTS
Long term partners
The last week of April was also marked by the Klaipeda shipyard, as the Royal Wagenborg freighter Egbert Wagenborg – named after the company’s founder, who launched Royal Wagenborg in 1898 – arrived for repairs. The Egbert Wagenborg is a next-generation, open-top, multi-purpose ice-class freighter and the first vessel in the company’s growing EasyMax series. The vessel is the leader in its segment in terms of sustainability and received the KVNR Shipping Maritime Award in 2017. It was by Egbert Wagenborg first-class renewal after launch. Western Shiprepair specialists carried out repairs in accordance with the requirements of the classification society and replaced the previously installed BWTS with a more modern and powerful one. The shipyard specialists helped to make the ship even greener and more environmentally friendly.
Egbert Wagenborg in drydock, center
Wilson Brake alongside Tallinn Shipyard
Another valuable long-term partnership for Tallinn Shipyard is its agreement with Wilson Ship Management, headquartered in Bergen, Norway. Gabriel Avanesov, Sales Manager at the Tallinn Shipyard, explains that the yard’s partnership with Wilson Ship Management has been in place for 25 years. This means a lot of work for the Tallinn yard, which has served over 100 Wilson ships over the years since the early 1990s, including three ships since the start of 2022: Wilson Brugge, Wilson Rotterdam and Wilson brake. An interesting fact that best describes the long-term partnership between companies is that in 2022, the Wilson brake was repaired by shipyard specialists for the seventh time since 2007.
This article is sponsored by BLRT Repair Yards, member of BLRT Grupp.
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