Iran Orders Floating Dock —First Such Contract For Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., recently received an order to build a large floating dock for the Persian Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, a governmental organization of Iran.

Kawasaki has in the past built two floating docks for its own use, but this will be the first for an overseas customer.

Construction of the dock was planned as a project of Iran's 5th Development Plan (1973-1978).

The dock will enable Iran to better cope with a rapid increase in the demand for repairs on large tankers and commercial vessels, due to its position in the world's largest crude oil-producing zone.

The dock on order will have a lifting capacity of 35,000 tons, and will be installed at Bandar Abbas Port in the Gulf. It can accommodate 120,000-dwt-class VLCCs by means of push-button controls for ballasting and deballasting of the dock's water ballast tanks. The dock will be equipped with two 35-ton and two 5-ton traveling cranes.

KHI will build the dock at its Sakaide Shipyard, and tow it to the Bandar Abbas Port in October of next year for installation.

The floating dock's principal particulars are: length overall 260 meters (about 853 feet) ; breadth over side walls, molded, 59.50 meters (195 feet) ; clear width between inner walls, molded, 49.50 meters (162 feet) ; depth overall, molded, 18.5 meters (61 feet), and draft (working) about 5.00 meters (16 feet), with a lifting capacity of 35,000 tons. There are two 35-ton and two 5-ton, safe working load x 27-meter radius motor-driven traveling cranes.

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