History

History

The Western Shipyard‘s history began in 1966, when it was decided upon that a big tonnage ship repair yard was to be built in the southern part of the port, specializing in the construction and the grown of Lithuanian fleet repair.The project which began ended up being one of the biggest and most modern yards within the Northwestern region, as well as also being one of the biggest in Klaipeda - 50 ha of the territory, 3 km of quays, production workshops – 100 th. m², 10 000 employees.

March 1st,1969 marked the official birthday of the Western Shipyard and later the same year, on July 18th, the first ship was docked for repair.

In 1975, having more than 2600 employees, the second yard-workshop construction phase began. The Western Shipyard repaired trawlers , refrigerators, plants, and other fishing vessels.
After the downfall of the USSR, huge fishing fleets became a burden for the Republic of Lithuania and many. ships were sold or written down to scrap. In 1993, the company restructured it‘s activity and turned their focus to repairing ships from Western countries. Ever since then, the company has continued to strengthen it‘s international market.
The Greek bulker “Marika“ was the first Western ship to come for repair and in 1998 the company built it‘s first fishing vessel, ”Vendla“.

A Norwegian group called “Western Invest AS” privatized the company in 1998, which officially started ship building in the company. However, after the Norwegians‘ failure to follow up on financial obligations, the Estonian Concern BLRT Grupp AS acquired the controlling interest of the company, which at the time was called Western Shiprepair Yard, in 2001.

After a successful reorganization in 2003, the company was restructured into what is today known as the Western Shipyard Company Group and consiting of 18 companies. The main activity trends of the Western Shipyard Group are such: ship repair and conversion, ship building, stevedoring and storage services, metal construction production, metal processing, hot galvanization, technical supply, transport services, procurement.

In June 2007, the Western Shipyard and Norwegian company “Fiskerstrand Verft AS” established a joint company, ”Fiskerstrand BLRT AS,“ to deal with the preparation of ship building conception, marketing and project management.

In 2010, the Western Baltija Shipbuilding was founded when the two largest Lithuanian ship building companies “Western Shipbuilding Yard" and “Baltija Shipbuilding Yard“ merged. With united experience and a realization of potential strengths in projects, the Western Baltija Shipbuilding has become a strong and competetive partner and has become stronger in the area of shipbuilding business as the focus now is on “turn-key” projects.
In 2011, the Western Shipyard and the Finnish company “ MacGregor“ established their joint company, “MacGregor BLRT Baltic,“which is a global level ship-crane, hatch cover, ramp production and repair company whose goal is to improve customer operation by making it run more efficiently.
Great facilities, secured quality and fine results allows the Western Shipyard Group the gratification that it has successfully won it‘s position within the ferry, multifunction and offshore ship construction business as well as a real role in the ship repair market.