Dmitry Rogozin: Zvezda Yard is an Example of Efficient Production Planning
Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, visited the Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Bolshoi Kamen Bay during his trip to Primorski Krai. Deputy Prime Minister arrived in Vladivostok to open a meeting held by the Maritime Board chaired by him.
Dmitry Rogozin dedicated his first half-day to a construction project for a modern shipyard in Primorski Krai being carried out by JSC FESRC.
Deputy Prime Minister personally inspected the construction site and had a word with the yard’s officers. Yury Filchenok, a Deputy General Director of JSC FESRC, said that the Zvezda shipbuilding complex has four construction phases, and these days the first phase of construction – a hull fabrication workshop and the painting workshops—nears its completion. The central feature of the project is that the yard capacity expansion is performed without shutting down the FEY Zvezda’s operation. The yard will have considerably expanded its production range as soon as by 2013 when the Zvezda shipbuilding complex will be capable of producing vessel structures up to 300 tons and vessels with a launching weight of 13,000 tons downwards. After the full realization of the project the Zvezda shipbuilding complex will deliver tankers with a displacement up to 350,000 tons, LNG carriers, ice-rated vessels, specialized vessels, offshore structures’ parts and other type marine structures.
Having toured the shops under construction Dmitry Rogozin headed to the covered shipways housing a tanker being built to transport oil in polar waters. Within the next few years the company will build four vessels of this design.
A defense company should have a well-balanced backlog of orders, also containing commercial contracts, to operate efficiently. It will allow fighting balance delay and optimizing production processes. These days the Zvezda Far Eastern Yard demonstrates that it is feasible, Dmitry Rogozin noted later at the Maritime Board’s meeting. “It is typical that they build a tanker for commercial fleet at the covered shipways while repairing a submarine at an adjacent shop.”
An important part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s trip was interaction with the crews of the nuclear submarines under maintenance at the Zvezda Far Eastern Yard. Dmitry Rogozin also visited the Rayzan nuclear missile-carrying submarine and the Magadan nuclear general purpose attack submarine.
In the Deputy Prime Minister’s opinion, the Russian Far East needs to become “the second magnet”—a fulcrum for political, economic and social development—as these are the far eastern areas that neighbor such leading nations as China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. The authorities should support the business inspirations to create new production facilities here.
“We need to enhance to the utmost the industrial potential we have in Primorski Krai and in the Russian Far East as a whole. Finally, we realized that the politics will shift to here. And Russia will commence into the tough competition with the Asia-Pacific region countries from the very Far East,” Deputy Prime Minister highlighted.
Deputy Prime Minister devoted the second half-day to the Maritime Board’s meeting to take place for the first time in Vladivostok. The issues of various public authorities’ coordination and the organization’s improvements in the area of the maritime activities of the Russian Federation, renovation of the transport infrastructure and, in the first place, of the port one were addressed at the meeting.