Baltija Shipbuilding Yard
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"Baltija" Shipbuilding Yard JSC (Baltijos laivų statykla) is a shipyard in Lithuania. The company, located in Klaipėda, is the only shipbuilding yard in the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) that supplies fleets and marine companies worldwide. However, many shipbuilding corporations such as STX Europe have shipbuilding or used to have shipbuilding operations in the Baltic States. "Baltija" builds pontoons, barges, trawlers, floating docks, river ferries, dry cargo ships and container carriers. "Baltija" also provides ship-repair services.
The Soviet Ministry of Shipbuilding founded the yard in 1952, to build fishing boats. In 1958 the yard started building steel floating docks. In 1992 the government of Lithuania held 96% of the shares, which were sold to Denmark-based Odense Steel Shipyard in April 1997. In 2010, the shipyard was acquired by the Estonian company BLRT Grupp.
The company has grown steadily, in 1998 it produced 18,000 tons of steel for ship production, that grew to 32,000 tons in 2003, and was 55,400 tons in 2006. Employment peaked in 1999, at over 1800, and is now between 1500 and 1600.
- "BLRT Grupp buys Baltija Shipyard (Estonia)". OffshoreWind.biz. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
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