Building up

Tersan Shipyard, which has become a well-known, Turkey-based brand name in the ship building market, has its roots deep in the maritime business. Following three years of experience in the areas of ship ownership, management and operation, Tersan decided to apply its expertise and skills to the vessel repair industry. Tersan’s repair yard was established in 1997 in the shipyard district of Istanbul, Turkey, with ship repair and floating dock capabilities to provide passing vessels a variety of maintenance services. Its success in this area led the yard to expand into its core building activity in 2001 with the acquisition of more land and new facilities.

Tersan Shipyard’s repair and floating dock is located in Tuzla, Turkey, a suburb of Istanbul that has been an important to the country’s shipping industry since the 1980s. Its location on the headland emerging into the Marmara Sea makes it ideally placed for the ship repair trade. Tersan’s floating dock is comprehensively equipped with cranes of up to 6500 tonnes lifting capacity and has maximum net inner dimensions of 130 by 22.5 metres. This means work can be carried out on vessels up to 15,000 DWT.

Some of the repair and maintenance services provided include tank cleaning; jet cleaning and grit blasting; surface crack examination and machining; propeller shaft manufacture for units up to ten metres; propeller repair; stern tube bearing production; engine and turbocharger overhauls; and the repair and installation of onboard electrical equipment. Since 1999 Tersan Shipyard has experienced a steady increase in the number of repair jobs performed, from 54 to a peak of 102 in 2008 before achieving 80 jobs in 2010, which matched pre-peak levels in 2007.

Tersan Shipyard’s newbuilding facility is located in the city of Yalova just over ten miles away from the city centre. It is a 220,000 square metre yard with indoor and outdoor working spaces. Its indoor production area is 14,000 square metres in size and provides perfect manufacturing conditions regardless of the weather conditions outside. The facility includes three outfitting piers – 140 by ten metres, and two 90 by ten metres – as well as a 210 metre by 56 metre slipway, which remains one of the biggest in Turkey, letting the shipyard produce oversize vessels. Among a range of auxiliary gantry, portal, mobile and overhead cranes that assist in production, the shipyard is equipped with a 550 ton SWL lifting capacity gantry crane. This large amount of lifting capacity lets the shipyard produce mega blocks and reduces the slipway period of the production to a minimum. The indoor workshops meanwhile include the area and equipment for CNC plasma cutting, forming, panel production, blasting and painting, machining, piping and electrical as well as materials storage and office space.

Initially, Tersan Shipyard specialised in the building of tankers, making a name for itself as a yard of superb quality, reliability and punctual delivery. By 2008 it had become one of the largest and most successful vessel construction companies in Turkey, leading it to diversify its production capabilities into almost all types of vessels. The variety of projects that are currently underway illustrates this: five freezer stern factory trawlers, an offshore construction vessel, an electric propulsion platform supply vessel and a LNG propelled fish feed supply vessel. Recently concluded projects include; four fire fighting escort tugboats, a VIP restaurant vessel, a pusher tug and an electric propulsion longliner fishing vessel. Each project is approached and handled with the same customer-satisfaction driven motto that has made the company the selected yard for sophisticated vessels.

The recently completed offshore construction vessel, for example, is the Grand Canyon and was built in collaboration with Bergen Fosen, part of the major Norwegian offshore and maritime conglomerate Bergen Group. It is 125 metres in length, offers electric propulsion, DP3 notation, helicopter deck, and accommodation for up to 108 people. Tersan Shipyard’s role was to complete the hull structure and partly outfit the vessel. The result of the co-operation led to an exceedingly high standard of vessel for Norwegian owner Volstad Maritime, and saw its launching by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, in January 2012 during a visit to Turkey.

It also very recently completed the MS Høydal for owner NSK Shipping, which will be both the first LNG-powered coaster vessel as well as the largest vessel of its type in the world. It utilises a single fuel LNG engine developed and manufactured by Rolls Royce Marine and a feed discharge system supplied by Graintec Cargo. The 2650 DWT ship , delivered in June 2012, is under long-term charter to BioMar and is being used to deliver supplies directly to fish farms along the length of the Norwegian coast.

Besides these two crucial projects, there is a platform supply vessel (PSV) that is currently under construction and being built for a Norwegian customer that holds great importance to Tersan. The success of this PSV is very important because it will be the first turnkey delivery from Turkey to Norway for this type of vessel.

These projects are part of the wider success that Tersan Shipyard has seen during the last 18 months across its business but particularly in the area of newbuilding. To accommodate its swelling rate of work, the yard recently invested in further upgrades to its new building yard including the installation of new equipment and overhead cranes. These will provide the yard enough capacity to handle increasingly complex and higher numbers of projects.

With this in place, the future for Tersan Shipyard and its two sites look good. The increasing co-operation between it and Norwegian clients – which today remain some of the most financially stable and technically innovative companies in the global maritime industry – has ensured a strengthening reputation in the Scandinavian region, and will guarantee it numerous business prospects over the coming years. Its repair work, meanwhile, remains an important part of the yard and it continues to provide high quality maintenance to vessels traversing the regional waters.

Newly expanded facilities
Numerous current projects
Leading Turkish yard