During 2015 almost all of the Viktor Lenac shipyard’s dock capacity was fully employed; a total of 85 repair projects were completed, the highest number in the history of the yard.
Most of Viktor Lenac’s shiprepair clients are repeat customers from Germany, Cyprus, Italy, Greece, UK and Norway. The yard also handles naval work, with the extensive shiprepair and docking works carried out onboard US 6th Fleet Flagship USS Mount Whitney from January to September 2015 amongst the most important shiprepair projects over the past 12 months.
Major repairs were also carried out last spring onboard the Italian ferry AFFrancesca, which was disabled by an engine room fire in January 2015; another Italian ro-ro Levante underwent extensive repair to its main engines. In addition, Viktor Lenac carried out demanding ballast tank anti-corrosion treatment contracts involving the chemical/oil products tankers Valle di Andalusia and Valle di Navarra for the Italian-based owner, Navigazione Montanari.
A notable development during 2015 was the return, after several years, of a number of Singaporean owners. Eastern Pacific Shipping entrusted the yard with its Aframax tanker Ross Sea, the Suezmax tanker Nobleway and LPG carrier Cambridge. The oil/chemical tanker Mariline, owned by Sweden’s Marinvest and managed by Singapore’s Thome Ship Management also underwent repairs at the yard.
Viktor Lenac has continued to develop good relations with one of Greece’s leading tanker operators, Minerva Marine, which awarded the yard repair contracts for six tankers, including five MR product carriers and one Aframax tanker.
Norway’s KG Jebsen Skipsrederi was a notable new client secured by the yard in 2015. The company entrusted Viktor Lenac with extensive repairs on two cement carriers, Glory Ocean and Glory Tellus.
The complex conversion of the cable laying barge, Cable Enterprise, was however the biggest single project handled by Viktor Lenac in 2015. During the conversion period of seven months, 1,400tonnes of steel was installed, along with 155tonnes of piping and 145km of electrical cables. The barge was extended by 10m and sophisticated cable laying equipment along with advanced DP equipment was installed. In addition, a sophisticated NOx emissions reduction system, compliant with IMO Tier III standards, was fitted during the conversion.
For 2016, Viktor Lenac expects to face increasingly tough competition from Central and Eastern Mediterranean shipyards, especially as the number of tanker projects is likely to decline this year. On the upside, the company anticipates an increase in the global market for ballast water treatment and exhaust gas cleaning systems. Viktor Lenac says it aims to take advantage of this trend, drawing on its experience with scrubber installation projects going back to 2012.
President of the management board, Robert Skific, says: “Looking at the immediate future, we are ready to respond to shipowners’ needs that will arise from new BWT regulations. With the experience that we have in production and installation of scrubbers on several ships, we are looking forward to taking part in the implementation of such modern technologies.”
The yard intends to concentrate on three main areas - shiprepair, conversion and offshore. Skific adds: “Owners appreciate the yard’s quality of work, experience and expertise, its commitment, flexible approach, and quick response to additional work requests and keeping schedules. Viktor Lenac shipyard is a by-word for value for money shiprepairs, ship conversions and offshore construction work.”
It all began in 1896, when a shiprepair facility for merchant, naval and fishing vessels was founded in Rijeka, the largest port on the northern coastline of the Croatian Adriatic. Today, Viktor Lenac is a reputable and modern shipyard with three floating docks, one accommodating vessels up to 160,000dwt, more than 1,300m of berthing space, and a large offshore construction site covering an area of 130,000m2. All of the repair berths are equipped with shore cranes that have a maximum lifting capacity of 100tonnes. During the past few years the yard has invested more than €30 million (US$32.7 million) in facilities and equipment, and introduced advanced, environmentally friendly technologies such as ultra-high pressure water blasting as an alternative to grit blasting