A unique hydraulic structure measuring 485 by 114 meters and a depth of 14 meters provides unlimited opportunities for the construction of ships of any size and complexity. Such dry dock meets the size requirements to build large aircraft carrier designs. The dry dock will be commissioned four years earlier than originally scheduled.
According Russian media, Zvezda’s engineers, in cooperation with Rostekhnadzor and Russian State experts, are checking the dry dock and equipment of the facility to ensure that machinery and mechanisms are ready for operation.
Work was previously carried out to fill the dry dock with water in order to control the filtration of the hydraulic structure in a normal mode. The dry dock doors were brought in and installed. They separate the dock chamber from the water area, the bottom of which is located below the water level. A specific gate was installed on the dock, which will allow dividing the dock area into separate independent compartments for the construction of several ships at once. Four tower cranes with a lifting capacity of 60 tons and a crane with a lifting capacity of 1200 tons were installed.
Zvezda shipyard is being created in the Far Eastern Russia by a consortium of investors led by Rosneft on behalf of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following assets have already been put into operation: a hull production unit, painting shops, an open heavy outfitting berth with a fleet of unique cranes and an advanced ship-transport system, and a transfer dock.