New Repair Yard Under Construction In Southern Chile For ASMAR & Partner

A new shipyard now under construction at Punta Arenas on the most southern tip of Chile is scheduled to begin repair operations in November this year. Named Astille- ro Estrecho de Magallanes Ltda., the new yard is a joint venture of Chilean shipbuilder and repairer, ASMAR, and Sandock-Austral of South Africa.

The yard is being equipped with a 4,000-ton lifting capacity marine railway designed by Crandall Dry Dock Engineers, Inc. of Dedham, Mass. The railway will be able to accommodate vessels of up to 426 feet in overall length, 78.7 feet in beam, and having a draft of up to 19.7 feet.

Since 1960, ASMAR has had a shipyard facility at Punta Arenas that has a slipway with a maximum lifting capacity of 1,000 tons, limiting drydocking to smaller vessels only. Repairs to larger vessels have been carried out afloat, and many merchant ships, icebreakers, supply vessels, and jackup rigs have been repaired by ASMAR in Punta Arenas. When both yards are in operation, the Port of Punta Arenas will be able to offer almost any repair service, thereby enabling owners to avoid the 8-10 days of costly sailing to the next closest repair yard.

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