Turku Repair Yard Ltd.

Turku Repair Yard Ltd.

Safety through co-operation

Turku repair Yard, which co-operates closely with the Port of Naantali, is the largest dry dock specialised in ship repairs in the Northern Europe. The co-operation is regular since two of the quays used by the Port are located in the Repair Yard area in Luonnonmaa. The two parties also work closely together in safety and environmental issues.

Turku Repair Yard Ltd. was founded in 1989 and it employs currently ca. 80 workers and the various projects require additional 250–300 subcontractor employees. The Repair Yard carries out annual service, maintenance and repairs as well as shipwreck repairs and conversions. There are 50–80 dockings annually with an average docking time of two weeks.

According to the Repair Yards HSSEQ (health, safety, security, environment, quality) manager Juha Olli, the information flow must be uninterrupted, as the use of cranes in the Yard may not impede the traffic to the Port’s quays. To ensure this the Yard co-operates closely with the traffic department. The operation of the port is familiar to Olli as he has previously worked in the Port of Naantali as traffic manager and port master.

Preparing for emergency conditions and oil spill response

The Port of Naantali and Turku Repair Yard are especially concerned with safety and environmental issues.

–We are a member of the Port of Naantali supply security board, which is responsible for securing the port traffic and ship repairs also during emergency condition, Olli tells.

Turku Repair Yard is the only yad in the Northern Baltic capable of docking Aframax-class 250 meter and 100,000-ton crude oil tankers. The closest yard with similar capabilities is located in Poland.

–Turku repair Yard also co-operates with the Port in oil spill response duties. We, for example, prepare for possible spills in shipwreck repairs by setting up oil booms during the docking. In some cases we might need to borrow extra booms from the Port of Naantali, if there is a significant risk of a spill, Olli points out.