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Dry Dock 10 back in service!

After a closure lasting 17 years, Dry Dock 10 resumed operations on Tuesday 24th October with the arrival of its first cruise ship, the MSC Orchestra, flying the flag of MSC Cruises, one of Marseille’s longstanding cruise operators.

During the 17-day overhaul in Marseille, the vessel will be fitted with one of the latest-generation scrubbers with the aim of reducing its sulphur emissions.

The ship repair yard is managed by Chantiers Navals de Marseille, which has also operated the Port of Marseille- Fos’ Dry Docks 8 and 9 since 2010.

“The commissioning of Dry Dock 10 will mean we can offer our clients not only an additional dry dock during the busy season (October - March) but a dry dock of a unique size that will allow us to handle other types of vessels and reinforce our position in high growth potential markets such as LNG carriers and the offshore sector for more complex work,” said Jacques Hardelay, chairman of Chantiers Navals de Marseille.

Christine Cabau Woehrel, chairwoman of the Port of Marseille-Fos board of directors declared, “It’s a new chapter in the story of ship repairing in Marseille in which we can offer our clients a comprehensive range of port services in the same area, services from commercial operations right through to major repairs and retrofitting, with an industrial zone that is unique in the Western Mediterranean.”


  • The Mediterranean’s largest dry dock facility
  • 3rd largest in the world after Lisbon and Dubai (500 x 100)
  • Built in 1975; out of service since 2000
  • 465m long, 85m wide: the size of 4 football fields
  • Water capacity 480,000m3, the equivalent of 192 Olympic-sized pools
  • Emptied in 3½ hours (40m3/s or the equivalent of a private swimming each second)
  • The sliding caisson is as tall as a 3-storey building and weighs as much as the Eiffel Tower (87m long, 15m wide, weight 9100T)
  • 20 min required to float the caisson and another 15 to “park” it

Source: GPMM

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