M.A.N.-GHH Completes Floating Dock For Iran

A 28,000-ton floating drydock was launched recently at the Nordenham/ Blexen, West Germany, dock construction yard of M.A.N.'s Machinery, Plant and Systems Division (M.A.N.-GHH) on the Weser River. The dock had been ordered by Iran for the Persian Gulf Shipyard Project (PGSP) at a contract price of approximately $18 million.

Immediately after launching the dock, named Dolphin, was taken over by an oceangoing tug. Suitable stiffeners for heavy seas were installed in the dock, which was rated and designed in GHH's Dock and Shipbuilding Department. It is classed by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, which also approved the design and surveyed the construction.

The Dolphin will be a major piece of equipment in a new shipyard to be completed soon at Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf under the PGSP project. It is the seventh floating drydock built by M.A.N.- GHH since 1976 for customers in the Middle East. Former docks delivered to Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are all working to the owners' full satisfaction.

The Dolphin has an overall length of about 787.4 feet, length over keel blocks of 754.6 feet, outer width of 172 feet, clear inner width of 134.5 feet, depth to upper deck of 58.4 feet, and immersion depth over keel blocks of 27.9 feet.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Jan 1986

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