BLRT Repair Yards are gaining more business thanks to new investments

Western Shiprepair, Klaipeda, Lithuania (BLRT Repair Yards)

Published June 7, 2022 12:19 pm by

BLRT repair yards

BLRT Repair Yards is an established ship repair group with facilities in three Baltic countries and is a member of the leading Baltic industrial holding company BLRT Grupp. The group operates Tallinn Shipyard in Estonia, Western Shiprepair in Lithuania and Turku Repair Yard in Finland. The Turku shipyard houses one of the largest dry docks in Northern Europe, which can accommodate ships up to the size of an Aframax. The shipyard in Klaipeda houses the largest floating dock in the Baltic States.

Although existing shipyard facilities are substantial, BLRT Repair Yards has expanded in recent years to accommodate more and larger vessels. The expansion allows the shipyard group to compete in a broader market and to pursue new opportunities for larger ship classes. Additionally, parent company BLRT Grupp, which celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2022, has acquired businesses that complement its ship repair activities. This includes the purchase of a marine electrical systems company bar electrician, brings new know-how on electric ship systems to the conglomerate.

New investments pay off

In early March, a large-scale interim survey project was carried out by Western Shiprepair – one of the facilities of BLRT Repair Yards in Klaipeda Gaschem Aachen, an LPG tanker managed by Hartmann Gas Carriers. The team carried out various works including polishing propellers, replacing over 40 tons of steel, replacing crane hydraulic hoses, overhauling hydraulic cylinders for hose handling, remodeling the sewage treatment plant, an overhaul of electric motors, treating and painting the hull and fresh water tanks.

In mid-March, the same shipyard in Klaipeda received an order to repair a tanker belonging to SLOMAN NEPTUN Schiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, which Sloman Hercules. This is a new client for the shipyards and docking Sloman Hercules was a pilot project. The customer was satisfied with the results and placed an order for another ship with Western Shiprepair 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 BWTS installation

Long-term partners

The last week of April was also remarkable for the shipyard in Klaipeda as cargo ship Royal Wagenborg Egbert Wagenborg – named after the company founder who started Royal Wagenborg in 1898 – came in for repairs. That Egbert Wagenborg is a next-generation, open, ice-classed general cargo vessel and the first vessel in the company’s growing EasyMax series. The ship is a leader in its segment in terms of sustainability and received the Maritime KVNR Shipping Award in 2017 Egbert Wagenborg First class overtime after the start. Western Shiprepair specialists carried out repairs in accordance with the requirements of classification societies, replacing the previously installed BWTS with a more modern and powerful one. Specialists from the shipyard have helped to make the ship even greener and more environmentally friendly.

Egbert Wagenborg in dry dock, center

Wilson Brake alongside at Tallinn Shipyard

Another valuable long-term partnership for Tallinn Shipyard is the agreement with Wilson Ship Management, headquartered in Bergen, Norway. Gabriel Avanesov, Tallinn Shipyard’s sales director, says the yard’s partnership with Wilson Ship Management dates back 25 years. That means a lot of work for the Tallinn shipyard, which since the early 1990s has served more than 100 Wilson ships over the years, including three ships as of early 2022: Wilson Bruges, Wilson Rotterdam and Wilson brake. An interesting fact that best describes the longstanding partnership between the companies is that in 2022 the Wilson brake has been repaired by shipyard specialists for the seventh time since 2007.

This article is sponsored by BLRT Repair Yards, a member of the BLRT Group.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.

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