Ukrainian plant contracted to construct floating dock in Turkey
The Kherson-based Pallada plant in southern Ukraine, part of the state-owned defense industry Ukroboronprom concern, has been commissioned to build a floating dock for Turkish shipbuilding firm Hidrodinamik Shipyard, according to an official statement published on the Ukroboronprom website on Feb. 7.
The dock will have a cargo capacity of 8,500 tons, the state-owned firm reports.
“The marine structure will be built with the use of cutting-edge technology. The dock’s pontoons will be made of marine reinforced concrete, based on sulfate-resistant Portland concrete, while its towers will be built from shipbuilding steels,” reads the Ukroboronprom statement.
“This combination of materials will help cut maintenance costs for over 50 years.”
All the primary materials will be manufactured in Ukraine, while the equipment will come from Europe and Turkey.
Since 1968, Pallada has built 43 similar docks of various modifications, 39 of which are successfully operated around the globe.
“This is the first Ukrainian-Turkish contract to be concluded after the bilateral free trade agreement was signed in the presence of the two country leaders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan,” noted Pallada CEO Yevhen Alkhimov.
Pallada specializes in constructing docks and floating cranes.
On Feb. 3, Ukraine and Turkey signed a free trade agreement during Erdogan’s official visit to Kyiv. Ukraine and Turkey have also separately signed an agreement to expand the manufacturing of Bayraktar unmanned combat aerial vehicles, which were recently used by the Ukrainian armed forces to combat Russian proxy forces in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Donbas region.
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