Western Shiprepair (WSR) is making its way into wider markets and implementing an increasing number of ship repair projects. Following the successful completion of one of such projects last year, the customer assessed the company’s capacity and placed another ambitious order.
An intensive work period for the WSR team continues. Stolt-Nielsen Limited, an internationally known Dutch shipping company, has placed an order with WSR for the repair and modernisation of six ships. Due to the significantly increased workload, WSR entrusted the repair of two of the ships to its colleagues in the Tallinn Shipyard.
In the third week of April, STOLT GREENSHANK, the first repaired ship belonging to the Dutch company, left our quays. The WSR team carried out routine repairs on the near 91m long and 16m wide tanker built a decade ago, in order that it can satisfy the requirements set for its class, as well as performed the modernisation of the ship by installing a ballast water treatment system (BWTS). As soon as the ship had left, its place in the dock was taken by another tanker, STOLT BASUTO, a 159m long and 25m wide vessel that was also repaired and modernised.
The increased docking capacity is what has helped WSR establish sustainable cooperation with its Dutch customer. With the launch of the PD-12, the largest floating dock in the Baltics, WSR is able to accept larger vessels for repairs, which was not possible before.
In the second half of April, the third ship of the customer’s company, STOLT VIKING, a tanker of an impressive size, was docked in the PD-12 floating dock. The 166m long and almost 27m wide tanker is scheduled to be repaired to meet the requirements of its class. The last and the largest of the four Dutch ships, the STOLT INNOVATION, having a length of 177m and a width of 31m, is already moored at the quay of WSR and is waiting for its turn. This ship will also be subject to renovation according to the requirements of its relevant class.
According to Andrius Valantiejus, Director of WSR, upon starting to operate all three available docks, new perspectives opened for the company in terms of increased ship repair capacities, attracting a greater number of complex large-scale projects, and earning the name of a professional and reliable partner, constantly seeking new opportunities for growth, in the eyes of existing and new customers.
The Director commented, ‘The prospect of increased capacity for ship repairs has allowed us to secure an even stronger position in the competitive ship repair market. This provides for a more rapid growth both in the capacities and workload of the company, and employee qualifications, and to create a higher added value leading to increased profits, which in turn allows us to improve working conditions for our employees. We aim to try to keep following our chosen strategy and implement technologically complex and ambitious ship repair projects for vessels of specific purposes.’