The military attaches from 14 countries – together with representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine – visited UOP Kherson State Plant "Pallada" and gave high rating to the company’s ability to manufacture unique marine equipment. The visit took place on July 18, with the participation of the UOP Deputy Director General for Development Artur Kheruvymov.
"Pallada" is a modern export-oriented manufacturer of unique equipment. Docks, manufactured by the SE “Pallada” are successfully operated by Japan, South Korea, Finland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Algeria etc. – noted Artur Kheruvymov.
He added that UKROBORONPROM systematically collaborates with the Kiev Association of Military Attaches, demonstrates domestic defense industry development and capabilities, establishes corporate ties and broadens the range of foreign partners.
Currently, the enterprise is implementing a contract for the construction and delivery in 2017 of a composite autonomous floating dock with a carrying capacity of 7100 tons. Pallada is manufacturing it under the supervision of the American Bureau of Shipping. Multimarine Shipyards Ltd will operate this dock in the port of Limassol (Cyprus).
The length of the deck is 120 meters, immersion depth is 12.2 meters. The hull will be made from heavy marine concrete, and its conning towers – from ship steel. This combination of materials allows reducing the operating costs of the dock by 2-2.5 times, compared to similar steel docks.
Last year, a composite dock by SE “Pallada” – with a lifting capacity of 8500 tons – arrived to the South African republic – the company DORMAC, having successfully overcome Kherson-Cape of Good Hope- Durban (South Africa) route with a length of 8799 nautical miles in 79 days. Plant specialists are preparing the dock before introducing it into service.
The plant used to have wage arrears: at the beginning of 2015 it reached 11 million UAH. and almost everyone imagined pessimistic scenario for its further operation. Thanks to the systematic work of UKROBORONPROM management and effective talks of "Pallada" management at international exhibitions, the plant signed and fulfilled the largest contract in its history. Today, the plant has been working systematically, and employees are confident in its future development.