It could not have been a better beginning of the year for Besiktas Shipyard of Turkey. Aside a massive expansion in its capacity, achieved at completion of significant investments in both infrastructures and equipment, the Yalova based Shipyard, committed to both ship repairs and newbuilding activities, has grasped new jobs and fulfilled noteworthy steps in projects already held in its variegate portfolio. Early 2013 Besiktas Shipyard increased the docking capacity with a new panamax size floating dock, able to accommodate vessels up to 92.000 DWT. “We believe the expanded docking capacity from two to three panamax size docks – an investment made in order to meet the growing demands from major shipping hubs such as Germany, Italy, Greece, Singapore and Hong Kong – will allow us to further improve our already very satisfactory record of 2012, when we made 130 dockings; after a good start with total 13 repair projects in January including large-scale fire burnt damage repairs and various dockings, we expects a very busy year in 2013 with some dozen more dockings” comments enthusiastically CEO Yavuz Kalkavan. The third floating dock has 227 meters length, 37 meters width between walls and 7.5 meters draft. There are two jib cranes on sides with a capacity of 20 tons. Located at the end of a newly-built 240 meters pier, in turn equipped with 3 jib cranes having capacities respectively of 16, 16 and 30 tons, it permits the Shipyard to increase its total berthing line to 1,875 meters. “Another great new weapon is floating crane Lefter, now in operation with 100 tons lifting capacity on 10 meters, 28 meters height from jib to base, so to provide - apart from the strong crane support on our berths - a great lifting ability from sea side. Hatch cover transportation, removal of offshore equipment and lots of similar operations will be done with a great flexibility within yard premises” Kalkavan adds. A very significant job was made for STX Pan Ocean, whose heavy lift vessel STX Rose 2 was modified to allow the transportation of the huge new Panama Canal lock doors. Also the 2010 built, 60.396 GT vehicles carrier STX Changing Rose, owned by Korea’s STX Marine Service Co., which underwent a fire during voyage on loading condition in garage decks, arrived Yalova in mid January for a 450 tons steel renewal along a two months job. On top of a successful beginning of year in the ship repairs area, Besiktas is carrying on in parallel its various newbuildings project. In late February the Besiktas GH was launched; this is a 9,000 cbm LPG & LEG carrier, which is planned to be delivered on June 2013. Designed by MES of Italy, the ethylene tanker vessel is owned by Galata Gas Shipping, a joint venture of Besiktas Shipping and Italian specialized tank supplier Gas & Heat. The Livorno-based Shipowner had contracted Besiktas Shipyard in Turkey to complete the ship left standing by at Poland’s Gdansk Shipyard after the original owner faced troubles to fulfill the newbuilding project, now worth some 34 million USD. Actually the tanker, 72% completed when arriving Yalova, was originally part of a two-vessel order placed by Shipowner Careri of Italy, then sold off to Synergas of Italy in 2010 after the Careri-controlled Cantieri Navale di Pesaro (CNP) went bankrupt. Under those circumstances Gas & Heat, which produces equipment for LPG carriers as its core business, has assumed control over the first ship but, being not a traditional owner, looked for an allied – finally founding it in Besiktas, with whom the Italian company has also been building a number of 3,300-cbm LPG carriers – to form Galata Gas Shipping.
 
Love at first sight with the Evangelistis
 
“Our broker in Turkey, Giorgio Denaro’s Alpina Shipping, introduced us to Yavuz Kalkavan before he started to establish the Besiktas Shipyard and it was friendship at first glance. Any time we met, the promise was always the same: sooner or later we should find a business opportunity where we could cooperate in. In 2009 this opportunity came through as our company was facing a bad and unpleasant situation that had forced us to cancel an important shipbuilding contract with a yard for the construction of 4 x 3,300 cbm LPG Carriers and we were looking for a reliable Shipyard which could complete the works” commented Mauro Evangelisti, President of Gas and Heat and G&H Shipping. “This is a typical case during a time of harsh crisis, but still there is no proven approach which can be followed to manage the transition phase between the two yards. And, on top of everything, time was a key factor as the fast employment of the vessel was the way to heal the losses we were forced to bear. The only solution we found, along with Mr. Kalkavan, was to make a list of the various activities to complete each vessel by the yard, assign to them the expected cost, add something for the yard's general expenses and a small margin”. These negotiations took only a day; an agreement was finalized during a nice dinner in Istanbul! “The Shipyard also accepted to purchase all the missing machinery and components, on our specification, charging the pure cost. The agreement provided for a potential discount when the actual costs had been cheaper than expected. This was not a standard Shipbuilding Contract, but it looked like the only tool to manage the given circumstances”. Presently, three vessels have been delivered by Besiktas to G&H Shipping and are successfully operated by first class North European oil majors charterers.

 

Ship2shore No. 18 - 06-05-2013