Sanmar has installed a new floating dock at its custom built ship building yard in Altinova, Turkey. The Rina-classed dock has been developed not only as a standard floating dock but as a tool to facilitate the launching of newly built vessels.

Floating dock with 10 tonnes/m2 reinforced deck!

With a deck reinforced to 10 tonnes/m2 in order to take a 24-axle Goldhofer heavy duty modular trailer/carrier and its load, the dock has an unusually deep pontoon of 4m, an inner beam of 28m and a length of 83.8m. It can lift a total of 3000 tonnes, however, provision has been made in the design enabling the dock, if required, to be extended to 120m and reach a lifting capacity of 5000 tonnes.


Two identical auxiliary diesel generators of 312kW, each are IMO Tier II compliant and the main switchboard is designed according to split-busbar principles. There are four identical ballast pumps that are controlled by frequency drives. An electronic automation system is installed to control remote operated valves and ballast pumps, tank level gauging, draft measurement and deflection. This system is based on two identical touchscreens to control and monitor all parameters. High efficiency LED lighting is provided and the dock has very high levels of built-in safety for the crew. Sanmar has also developed a state-of-the-art robot arm which connects the dock to the shore. This eliminates using chains or ropes.