Marseilles Targets Mega-cruise Repair Market

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Renovation work underway at Drydock 10, Marseilles

The Marseilles Fos port authority said it is targeting mid-2015 to complete the €28 million renovation of its giant drydock 10 to provide a strategically located base for cruise ship repair and maintenance.

At 465 meters long and 85 metrs wide - the third biggest in the world after Lisbon and Dubai – the drydock will offer a unique facility for the latest-generation fleet in the Mediterranean, where 65% of the world’s largest cruise vessels operate. These include ships of up to 360 meters that currently call at Marseilles.

Repair operations will be carried out under a 25-year franchise awarded to a group featuring San Giorgio del Porto of Italy, the Mediterranean’s largest shiprepairer.

Drydock 10 opened in 1975 to repair supertankers – Marseilles Fos is among the global top 10 oil ports – but came out of this service in 2000 as the VLCC repair market shifted east. Since then Marseilles has become the leading cruise port in France. Last year the port handled 454 cruise calls by 76 ships from 38 companies, with passenger numbers rising by 31% to a record 1.17 million. Home port passengers rose 17% to 365,000 – a 30% proportion that is heading for 45% from now on.

In 2011 the port authority responded to this fast-emerging market and lack of large repair centers by agreeing a major overhaul of its biggest drydock. The main element is the construction of a new dock gate representing €13.35 million of the total cost. Other phases include refurbishment of the pumps, electrical power system and equipment. After more than two years of preparatory study and design, the work started early this year and is due for completion next June.

The 9,100-metric-ton gate has been designed for a 50-year lifespan and will be 87.5 meters long, 15 meters wide and 13 meters high. Design, construction and commissioning of the gate, together with project management, was awarded to a group led by French civil engineers Spie batignolles TPCI. The group includes design and structural studies leader Setec TPI and its subsidiary Hydratec, maritime works specialist EJN Negri, pumps and pipework firm Cofely Ineo and equipment sub-contractor Delta Techniques.

The operating franchise was signed in June 2013 by San Giorgio, its subsidiary Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNM) and Mariotti, the world’s fourth largest cruise ship builder. The group also has a commercial agreement with the STX France yard in Saint Nazaire. CNM already operates two smaller drydocks up to 320 meters long and the port has six further drydocks up to 171 meters long serving the workboat and yacht sectors.

marseille-port.fr
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

DSME Reveals Additional Self-Restructuring Plan

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has  revealed an additional self-restructuring plan amid the falling shipbuilding orders.

KOTUG Begins Operations in Mozambique

KOTUG Mozambique has begun exclusive port and terminal towage services with two Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN),

French Oil and Port Workers Vote to Begin New Strikes

Oil sector workers of French CGT and FO unions voted on Monday to begin a strike at Exxon Mobil's 240,000 barrels-per-day Port Jerome refinery in northern France, the unions said in a joint statement.

Ship Repair & Conversion

China Shipbuilding Plans Major Restructuring

State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is undertaking a major restructuring as it grapples with an industry downturn, and it will be the largest restructuring

DSME Reveals Additional Self-Restructuring Plan

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has  revealed an additional self-restructuring plan amid the falling shipbuilding orders.

Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker.

Ports

BEST Sets Container Handling Record

Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of MSC Beatrice.

KOTUG Begins Operations in Mozambique

KOTUG Mozambique has begun exclusive port and terminal towage services with two Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN),

French Oil and Port Workers Vote to Begin New Strikes

Oil sector workers of French CGT and FO unions voted on Monday to begin a strike at Exxon Mobil's 240,000 barrels-per-day Port Jerome refinery in northern France, the unions said in a joint statement.

Passenger Vessels

First 100% Battery Powered Air Supported Vessel Launched

The result of a five-year-long EU project, the world’s fastest Air Supported Vessel (ASV), fully powered by lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS), has

Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferry in Operation

On Monday 23 May 2016, Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry, M/V Berlin, will for the first time carry passengers when it departs from Rostock towards Gedser at 06:00.   Scandlines

Scandlines' Highest Passenger Transport Record

Scandlines focused the business on the Germany-Denmark routes and made significant investments in future-proofing the group’s ferry operations as well as catering and retail activities in 2015.

News

China Shipbuilding Plans Major Restructuring

State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is undertaking a major restructuring as it grapples with an industry downturn, and it will be the largest restructuring

Sovcomflot IPO Soon

The long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) of Sovcomflot, which runs one of the world’s largest tanker and gas carrier fleets, has moved a step closer.    Economy

BEST Sets Container Handling Record

Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of MSC Beatrice.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1364 sec (7 req/sec)