SMG Re-designs Gelius 1 Dry-cargo Ship


Kherson shipyard of Smart Maritime Group (the shipbuilding business of Smart-Holding Group) is performing an in-depth overhaul of Gelius 1 dry-cargo ship (flying the flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis).

As part of the re-design, the length of the vessel will be increased to 115.2 meters.

About 400 tons of high-strength shipbuilding steel will be used to manufacture a 25.35-meter insert. During the job performance, the new cylindrical insert will be built and the hold coamings will be lifted up. In addition, the shipyard's specialists will paint the outer skin and cargo holds of the ship, will lay new piping systems and install new hatch covers.

The upgrade, carried out according to the design project of the Marine Engineering Bureau (Odesa), will significantly improve the technical and economic characteristics of the vessel. It will become a 2-hold ship with a 45% increased dead weight (from 3,640 to 5,250 tons).

It is planned to complete the upgrade and hand the ship over to the customer indicatively in October of this year.

The value of the contract is UAH 25 million.


Gelius 1 vessel (design project 003RSD04/ALB02, "Caspian Express" type) was built at Aksoy Shipyard, Turkey, in 2007. The original design dimensions of the vessel were 89.95 x 15.87 meters, depth – 5.75 m, dead weight – 3,640 tons.

Smart Maritime Group (SMG) is Ukraine's largest shipbuilding company combining two shipyards: Nikolaev and Kherson. The company is part of Smart-Holding industrial and investment group.