Baku Shipyard: LafargeHolcim helps revitalize a region with brand new port

20 September 2013

As the most modern shipbuilding and repair facility in the Caspian Sea, the Baku Shipyard is a true economic driver for Azerbaijan and for the region. Built with cement, logistics and technical support from LafargeHolcim, the shipyard today has the capacity to produce 25,000 tons of steel per year while also repairing 80 to 100 vessels.


Inaugurated in 2013, the Baku Shipyard’s primary activities involve the construction and repair of a range of vessels, including offshore support vessels, general cargo ships, tug boats and tankers. The shipyard currently features a variety of different facilities to that end, including a floating dry dock, finger pier, 450 meters of quay berthing space and a transfer slab for repairs.

Owned by the Baku Shipyard LLC and operated by Keppel Offshore Marine (KOM), the yard currently employs 700 people and is forecast to add an additional 1,500 employees when running at full capacity.  

LafargeHolcim full dedication, from start to finish of the port project

LafargeHolcim began work on the Baku Shipyard in 2010, collaborating closely with government authorities, the project owner and international design teams to develop cement solutions to meet the shipyard’s specific needs.

It was soon decided that LafargeHolcim would supply around 150,000 tons of both CEM II Sulphate Resistant and General Use cement, which received additional certification through a third-party laboratory, along with the relevant logistics support. We also provided our expertise to help with the reconstruction and construction of the shipyard’s water channels.

The Baku Shipyard has brought major economic benefits to Azerbaijan and its neighbors, providing jobs and ensuring local shipbuilding expertise has a home for many years to come.