Graving dock No. 10 of Marseille Port was opened in 1975 to accommodate the new generation of ULCCs and successfully operated for a decade as the largest of its type in the Mediterranean and the third-largest in the world.
The oil crisis, curtailing the movement of giant oil tankers, and emerging competition from Asian ship repair, caused activity to slow down gradually in the 1980s. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the dock has been used only as a floating berth.
Ongoing development of the Mediterranean cruise business, as well as the increasingly larger size of container ships, have given new impetus to this giant drydock. Thus, the Port of Marseille decided to overhaul the facilities and commissioned an operator for this unique infrastructure.
On June 2012, Société d’Exploitation de la Forme 10, a subsidiary company of Chantier Naval de Marseille, signed a long-term concession with the Port of Marseille as the exclusive operator of Forme 10.
Work aimed at revamping the giant dock got under way in mid-2013 with the construction of a new floating concrete gate (with an opening width of 85 mt), overhaul of the pumping system and repair of the lifting facilities (including a 150 tons capacity crane on rails). All networks (seawater, power, sewage, cutting gas…) are being carefully redesigned in order to provide the best possible service to the new type of vessels targeted for accommodation.
See below the key figures of Forme 10. The dimensions of the adjacent repair quay, the characteristics of the pumping station, the power supply, the sea / fresh water connections and the disposals units.
|PLANT FACILITIES||KEY FIGURES|
|Dimensions||485m (1.525 ft) long
85m (279ft) wide
10,7m (35ft) max draft above blocks
|Adjacent repair quay||450m (1.476 ft) long
11m (38ft) draft
|Pumping station||3 submerged draining pumps (13 m3/s capacity each)|
|Power supply||Shore connection: 380/400V; 50Hz|
|Others||Cranage up to 150t
Adjacent open area of 30.000 m2 (up to 100.000 m2 upon request)
Compressed air, oxy-acetylene plant, full lighting and electric power supply available throughout the yard.
Fully equipped and very large dimensioned yard workshops located 2.5km from the dry dock.
|Sea / fresh water connections||The dry dock is equipped to provide all types of connections for fire main, fresh water, dry compressed air, ballasting and cooling water.|
|Disposals||A sewage plant allows to discharge black and grey water of passenger ships directly to the city network.
Slop discharge terminal is available in Fos sur Mer (20 nautical miles from the Dry-Dock).