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Varna shipyard is a symbol of traditions, quality and safety of the production.

The foundations of the company have been laid in 1907. Nowadays it is the largest enterprise in Bulgaria in tonnage and ship’s size, technology and organization.

Over the years the shipyard has borne such names as Varna Port Workshop, Georgi Dimitrov Shipyard, Varna Shipyard and nowadays – Bulyard Shipbuilding Industry AD.

Varna shipyard started shipbuilding by building and repair of small vessels – cargo vessels with wooden hull. The foundations of the steel and concrete vessels are laid with the construction of the first passenger ship 21 tons Galata, built in 1937 followed by a period of fast growing production of different types of medium-sized and large-sized vessels.

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  • The main shipbuilding facilities are implemented within 1967-1968 – both large and small graving docks, first steel fabrication shop, ship berths and others. 

    In 1977 Varna shipyard added to its assets and know-how 100,000-tons tanker Khan Asparuh – the largest tanker ever built in Bulgaria.

    Shipbuilding at Varna shipyard is set on scientific grounds thanks to the Institute of Shipbuilding, highly-qualified specialists are prepared at the Secondary Vocational Nautical School as well as university graduates in Varna, specializing abroad. 

    The portfolio of the shipyard comprises small vessels (3,000-tons general cargo vessels, tramp vessels, 4,000-tons tankers), passenger ships (100 рах) up to large vessels (38,000-tons bulk carrier, 29,990-tons oil carrier, 15,000-tons multipurpose vessel, 25,000-tons bulk carrier, container carrier for 400 containers etc.). The shipyard has laid down solid foundations with its production on the international market – a large amount of the built ships are sold to Poland, former USSR, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, China. 

    So far the shipyard has built more than 850 ships for 27 countries, trading worldwide under the flags of over 22 countries. 

    Unit this day the shipyard has been applying projects, developed at the former Institute of Shipbuilding, which are being successful and up-to-date, as well as projects submitted by shipowners.

    Presently the efforts of the management are focused on optimizing the production facilities, keeping the existing projects up-to-date (such as 9800-tons multipurpose ship, 21 200-tons bulk carrier, 42 600-tons bulk carrier etc.), the implementation of new technologies and the purchase of licenses for shipbuilding such as the purchase of a license for the building of ships Future-56 – 56 000-tons bulk carriers, Supramax type. The project is elaborated fully in Tribon environment – a contemporary 3D system for automated design, directly taking part in the production process.