The extended pre-assembly area (the grey zone at the bottom of the image) will boost the shipyard's production capacity (Image: Chantiers de l'Atlantique)
Chantiers de l’Atlantique has extended the pre-assembly area at its shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France to enable it to increase ship production capacity by 30%.
The project, which was carried out in collaboration with public works company Charier, started in July 2017 and involved expanding the yard floor by 17,000 square metres and lengthening the rail of the 1,400-tonne gantry crane by 135 metres. Now, the yard has space to build and outfit six additional mega blocks when assembling the hulls of large vessels, including passenger ships. The new area was officially inaugurated on 26 November 2018.
“This investment, worth €16 million, allows us to move to a simultaneous construction capacity of 22 blocks, compared to 16 previously and thus meet the increase in the current and future industrial load of the yard,” said Laurent Castaing, general manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
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