The biggest dry dock in the Mediterranean welcomes its first ship after returning to service
Dry Dock 10, the biggest in the Mediterranean, welcomed its first ship after returning to service, Marseille Fos said in its press release.
The cruise liner MSC Orchestra had the privilege of being the first vessel in the dry dock. During the 17-day overhaul in Marseille it will be fitted with one of the newest generation scrubbers with the aim of drastically reducing the ship’s sulphur emissions.
This impressive industrial facility is operated by Chantier Naval de Marseille which has operated dry docks 8 and 9 in the Port of Marseille Fos since 2010.
"Dry Dock 10 enables us to offer our customers not only an extra dock during busy periods (October - March) but also a dock with unique dimensions that can accommodate other types of vessels and will strengthen our positioning in high-growth potential market segments such as LNG tankers and offshore for more complex projects," said Jacques Hardelay, Chantier Naval de Marseille CEO.
Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chair of the Port of Marseille Fos management board said, "It’s a new chapter for ship repair in Marseille where, within the same perimeter in a single industrial cluster that is unique in the western Mediterranean, we can offer our customers a full range of port services, from commercial operations to major repair and retrofit activities.”
DRY DOCK 10 FACT SHEET
Largest ship repair dry dock in the Mediterranean
3rd largest in the world after Lisbon and Dubai (500x100)
Built in 1975
465 m long, 85 m wide – the equivalent of 4 football stadiums
Water capacity 480,000 m3 - the equivalent of 192 Olympic swimming pools
Emptying in 3½ hours (40 m3 / sec - the equivalent of a private pool every second)
The sliding caisson is as tall as a 3-storey building and weighs as much as the Eiffel Tower (87 m long, 15 m wide, and weighing 9 100 t)
20 minutes to float the caisson and 15 minutes to tow it into place