The Nikolaev shipbuilding plant "Okean" plans to secure orders of the Russian merchant marine fleet.

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The Nikolaev shipbuilding plant "Okean" plans to secure orders of the Russian merchant marine fleet.

This market considers priority the new management of plant appointed after end of the transaction on sale of 70% of shares of the company of Aker Yards Ukraine to the Russian investment fund FLC West. Experts note that the sharp need for updating of the Russian fleet will allow to provide "Ocean" with orders for a long time.

One of the largest shipbuilding plants of the country - Nikolaev "Ocean" - expects to develop at the expense of orders of the Russian merchant marine fleet. Nikolay Romanchuk told about the new direction appointed on August 12 the acting as the general director of plant. According to him, with clients the enterprise will be helped by his new owner - the Russian investment fund FLC West. In fund confirmed that "Ocean" will be guided by the Russian market.

The Nikolaev shipbuilding plant "Okean" was constructed in 1951, was one of the largest producers of merchant ships in the USSR. In 2000 "Ocean" was bought by the Dutch company Damen Shipyards Group later acquired by the Norwegian Aker Yards. The Ukrainian enterprise was a part of Aker Yards Ukraine Holding, 70 which % of shares on July 18 the current year were acquired by the Russian investment fund FLC West for 291,9 million euros. In 2007 the revenue of "Ocean" made 501 million UAH, net loss - 6,6 million UAH

The decision to be guided by the Russian market logically, it is sure vice-the president of Association of shipbuilders of Ukraine Victor Lissitsky. "Needs of the Russian merchant marine fleet in new vessels are huge, and the Russian shipyards aren't in time long ago behind demand. If new owners of 'Ocean' are able to attract the Russian customers, work on tens years" will suffice plant, - he speaks.

However, for obtaining orders of the Russian companies the plant has to resume full production of vessels, notes vice-the president of FLC West Victor Chugunov:"In recent years in Nikolaev cases of the ships were generally made, and the necessary equipment was installed on other shipyards of Aker Yards". To call the approximate sum of investments necessary for updating of enterprise capacities, mister Chug

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