Marina Barcelona 92 announces the construction of a new 4,000T ship lift

The Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) shipyard has announced it will move ahead with the second phase of its expansion plan with the construction of a new esplanade, where a new ship lift, able to dock vessels of up to 4,000 displaced tonnes, will be located.

This project, originally planned in the 2010 concessional document, has recently been approved by the Administration Board of the Port of Barcelona and will be inaugurated and operative by the end of 2017.

The new ship lift area will occupy an approximate total surface area of 20,000m2, and it will be located at the currently known “Muelle Catalunya” and paint shed. This new project will permit the dry-docking of up to 12 vessels, each with up to 105 metres LOA at any one time.

According to MB’92, greater efficiency, flexibility and productivity, together with a considerable improvement in environmental conditions, were the objectives that were set in the design and realisation of this ambitious project. It will partially substitute the current 2,000T synchrolift and create an acoustically protected environment in the area close to the new Port Vell residential zones.

The total investment of the project is estimated to be €45 million and expects to create between 250 and 300 direct job opportunities inside MB’92 and the companies subcontracted.

MB’92 selected Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) from Florida, USA - a company with over 40 years’ experience in elevation systems and boat transfers - for the design, the engineering and the development of the technical elements for docking and transferring vessels. The development of the rest of the facilities, such as the port civil engineering, is being carried out under the operational and technical direction of MB’92 alongside the Barcelona Port Authority technical team.

The project is expected to start mid- 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017.

For more information, visit Marina Barcelona 92.

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