Russian shipbuilding contracts should all go to domestic companies, says Minister

Zvezda-DSME shipyard at Bolshoy Kamen

Zvezda-DSME shipyard at Bolshoy Kamen



Russian shipbuilding contracts: Russia should create a centralised system for the procurement of both military craft and civilian passenger ships and only invite domestic firms to bid for the right to build them, Deputy Minister Dmitry Rugozin said last week. Rugozin made his remarks during a visit to the Zvezda shipyard that is being constructed at the closed town of Bolshoi Kamen, across the Ussuri Bay from Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East.

Phase 1 of the complex is due to come on stream in 2016 when it will begin work on vessels specifically designed for use in the development of Russia’s Arctic hydrocarbon fields, and Rugozin acknowledged that ring-fencing such shipbuilding contracts could slow down the expansion of these offshore fields. “The idea is to create a national strategy for all shipbuilding – not only [those being commissioned] for defence purposes, but also civilian passenger [vessels] – that would bring together all of our plans to build offshore engineering, marine engineering and icebreaking fleets,” he said. “It would be better to slow down the development of offshore fields, and to do everything at home. The money should stay here.”
His proposal is partly being seen as a response to France’s refusal to deliver the Mistral helicopter carriers that Russia has ordered and paid for, although ironically the Zvezda complex is being built by a consortium that includes South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) as well as Rosneft, Gazprombank and Sovcomflot and there are several overseas contractors either working on the site or supplying it with equipment.
Source: KP