Expansion Of Brazilian Shipyard Will Double Construction Capacity

The expansion and modernization program being undertaken by the Brazilian shipbuilder Companhia Comercio e Navegacao, currently the world's fourth largest builder of "series" ships over 10,000 dwt, is now nearing completion. The program, which involves a total investment of approximately $29.3 million, doubles CCN's shipbuilding capacity by giving the yard two building berths instead of one and brings into operation a substantial amount of automatic and semiautomatic equipment. The expansion will allow CCN to construct 10 to 12 series vessels a year instead of six and enable the yard to carry out its $640.5-million order book, which currently stretches through to 1980.

CCN's president, Paulo Ferraz, said: "The completion of this major modernization program will give CCN the increased capability and efficiency to ensure that we continue to be competitive in the world shipbuilding markets of the future." The slipway has been enlarged, modernized and reinforced so that it can be used to construct vessels up to 90,000 dwt. Its width remains at 138 feet but its length has been increased to 820 feet. It will be used to construct CCN's new 26,500-dwt bulk carrier, the Prinasa 26/15, on a series basis. Designed jointly by CCN and Sener, the Spanish marine consultants, the shipyard has 22 orders so far contracted from Brazilian, Greek and Chilean owners.

The second building berth has been created by converting the graving dock for shipbuilding. It can now be used to construct vessels up to 27,000 dwt. Its length of 550 feet remains the same, but its width is increased to 100 feet. It is here that CCN will carry out its long order book for SD 14s and Prinasa 121s. CCN's ship repairing interests have been transferred to Brazil's new ship-repairing consortium, Renave, in which CCN has a 16.3 percent stake. The other partners are Petrobras, Lloyd Brasiliero, Vale Do Rio Doce, Ishibras and IHI. Renave will operate from the island of Costeira, opposite CCN's yard in the Bay of Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, and will have four repairing docks, including two floating docks which CCN has transferred to the new company. One of these has a lifting capacity of 20,000 tons and the other a lifting capacity of 10,000 tons. CCN has recently formed a new department—the small ships construction department—which will soon start building a series of offshore supply vessels for H. Dantas Servicos Maritimos S.A. The main partners in this company, which will supply support services for offshore platforms operating on the Brazilian continental shelf, are Hapag Lloyd, Alianca and N. Odebrecht.

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