Viktor Lenac Shipyard

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The yacht Galeb berthed at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard in 2008

The Viktor Lenac Shipyard (Croatian: Brodogradilište Viktor Lenac JSC or Shipyard Viktor Lenac d.d. (JSC))[1] is situated on the northern Croatian Adriatic coast, 3 km from the largest Croatian port Rijeka. It was founded in 1896,[1] and was among the first in the world to deal with ship lengthenings.[2] It is quoted on the Zagreb Stock Exchange with ticker VLEN-R-B.[1]

Today it has three floating drydocks, one accommodating vessels up to 160,000 dwt, more than 1,000 meters of berthing space, a large offshore construction site and it specializes in ship conversions and gas platform construction.

History[edit]

In 1896 a ship repair facility for the merchant, naval and fishing vessel fleets of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was founded in Rijeka, the largest Adriatic port, under the name Lazarus. At the end of the Second World War, in 1948, the yard was nationalised and renamed Viktor Lenac,[3] after a national hero who worked at the shipyard and was honoured by it.[citation needed]

In the late 1960s the shipyard was moved 3 kilometres to the south to its present location at Martinšćica Bay (Kostrena), which has an adequate water depth to accommodate vessels with deep draughts. The shipyard purchased two floating drydocks and cranes and put them in the bay. After this move, the yard rapidly developed its repair, conversion, and offshore capabilities. After a managerial reorganization in 1990, the shipyard was registered as a joint-stock company in 1993 and is today the only privately owned major shipyard in Croatia.

After being rescued several times by government guarantees, the company filed for bankruptcy in November 2003 with debts of 102 million euros, after the government refused to guarantee a loan of 12 million US dollars.[3] The bankruptcy process was completed in 2008 and Tankerska plovidba Co., Croatia's largest shipping company, became the largest shareholder, followed by the Uljanik Shipyard, Croatia's major builder of car carriers and dredgers.

The yacht Galeb, used by Marshal Tito, has been berthed at the shipyard since before 2008. The city of Rijeka, which now owns the yacht, plans to convert it into a museum.

In 2009 Floating Dock No. 11, that can accommodate vessels up to Suezmax size, was put into full operation after refurbishment.

In 2011, the shipyard won a competitive bidding process for a 60-day maintenance program on the American ship USS Mount Whitney, during which the shipyard was visited by the United States Ambassador to Croatia, and Frank Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. The visit was said to have served to strengthen the bonds between the two countries.[4]

Viktor Lenac has successfully completed extensive ship repair and dry-docking of US Navy's 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). This highly complex project marked the year as one of the most important ship repair projects. It occupied a large part of the shipyard resources most of 2015. The works commenced in January 2015 and were completed in August 2015. They included complete overhaul and docking of the ship, class surveys, renovation of accommodations and galleys, shell plating and deck house steel renewal. Especially interesting was the modification of the existing vessel’s electrical power supply system and the installation of new generators, switch boards and control mechanisms, and refurbishment of the fuel system, reverse osmosis system, black and gray discharge water system, fire alarm and similar. UHP water blasting of hull, Ballast tanks blasting with steel shots and application of full coating system, cleaning and gas freeing of all fuel tanks, modification of existing spaces into the new auxiliary engine room including installation of 3 new CAT generators, switch boards and control room was carried out. This is the second time that Viktor Lenac has been awarded a USS Mount Whitney contract. In 2011 the ship underwent extensive docking and class surveys.

Notable conversions[edit]

Helix Producer 1 , ex Kommandor 5000, converted in Viktor Lenac between 2006-2008

Notable ship repairs[edit]

Mechanics from the Viktor Lenac shipyard begin working on the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) as it begins the dry dock process and reconstruction in Rijeka, Croatia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brodogradiliste Viktor Lenac d.d., Shipbuilding, Croatia - General Information". SeeNews Company Profiles. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Aker BioMarine build Life Science Factory". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Brodogradiliste Viktor Lenac d.d.(Croatia)(Company overview)". SeeNews Company and Industry Profiles. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  4. ^ "US Ambassador and 6th Fleet Commander Commemorate US-Croatia Partnership". United States European Command. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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