The Kherson shipyard, which is owned by the Smart Maritime Group (SMG), has signed a new contract for the construction of ships for a customer based in the Netherlands.

The CFTS portal reported this, citing the GMK Center.

"Our shipbuilders have signed a contract for the construction of a series of vessels for a customer in the Netherlands. This is a good sign that promises reliable utilization of the enterprise's capacities for several years, full employment of workers, and a stable salary for workers," the group said in a statement.

In total, the hulls of four bulk carriers will be built under the contract with the customer.

The shipyard is currently cutting the steel for the construction of the first vessel. Its deadweight will be 5,050 tons.

In addition, the construction of a large tugboat for a Ukrainian customer will begin at the Kherson shipyard in February.

According to SMG’s CEO Dmytro Krasnikov, the company plans to increase its output by more than 60% to UAH 800 million in 2022.

As reported, a project for modernization of a series of dry cargo ships owned by EemsWerken B.V. (Netherlands) was implemented at the Smart Maritime Group’s Kherson shipyard in March last year. Four vessels belonging to the Dutch company were simultaneously on the stocks at the shipyard (the EEMS Servant and EEMS Solar dry cargo ships, which arrived at the shipyard in January, were joined by the EEMS Spirit and EEMS Stream dry cargo ships in March).

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the Smart Maritime Group’s Kherson and Mykolaiv shipyards have built four full-scale hulls of chemical tankers for Veka Shipbuilding (the Netherlands).