La Unidad Naval Coordinadora de los Servicios de Carenado de la Armada
(UCOCAR - Naval Coordinator Unit of Navy Dry-dock Services)
La Unidad Naval Coordinadora de los Servicios de Carenado de la Armada (UCOCAR - Naval Coordinator Unit of Navy Dry-dock Services) is responsible for the repair, maintenance and construction of ships, equipment, systems, hull and structures up to 1,000 tons, in support of the Bolivarian national armed forces, public agencies and private.
UCOCAR seeks to fully develop the business of small and medium size for military and commercial shipbuilding; as well as repairs and maintenance afloat or dry floating material that are required by the public and/or private sector entities, generating financial resources for its self-management through the conclusion of agreements related to naval activity services, previously authorized by the Ministry of the Popular power for the defense, which contribute to the development of the Venezuelan naval industrywithin the conditions laid down in its legal framework of creation.
UCOCAR's vision is to be an exemplary, recognized organization in the Caribbean as a leader in the market of construction and ship maintenance of small and medium size, productivity, effectiveness and high quality, projecting the image of the Navy as a fundamental pillar in the development of the Venezuelan Naval industry.
Ministerial resolution: according to resolution Ministerial no DG-002936 of August 08, 2007, published in the Gaceta official No. 38.743 of August 09, 2007, is transferred to UCOCAR to the General management of companies and services, been more defense, Ministry of the Popular power for the defense.
UCOCAR, is located to the North of the South America (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) (LAT. 10th 29´11. 06 "N - LON 68 ° 00´28. 33" W), inside the Naval Base "CA. Agustín Armario"(BNAR) Puerto Cabello, Carabobo State. Only 15 minutes from the Centre of the city of Puerto Cabello, carretera Vía Playa Quizandal.
The naval Arsenal was created in 1905, by Presidential Decree of the Republic and attached to the Ministry of war and Navy with the name of dyke and national shipyard of Puerto Cabello, counting as a primary means of grounding a floating dock of wood that allowed in that then repair ships of up to 1,200 tons and later, in 1910, a floating dock of 5,000 tons of displacement was installed. Both facilities lasted until 1938.
In 1942 two slipways of inclined plane on track of bearing with a capacity of 500 and 1,500 tons were activated respectively. In 1976 they defused stranding as a means of production platforms. November 28, 1990, according to Presidential Decree 1,295, Official Gazette No. 34.604 creates Naval Unit Coordinator services fairing, hull repairs, repairs and maintenance of equipment of vessels, without juridical personality, with the rank of Division, dependent on the Naval command, logistics of the General Headquarters of the Navy and the Defense Ministry.
In 1991, activates the platform of stranding of 1,500 tons which ran until 1993, being inoperative by reason of structural wear. Currently restoration works, are running to have it in a short future. In 1995 started the work of activation of the platform of 500 tons, which had 22 years out of service, leaving operational up to the present date.
Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands is working with state-owned Venezuelan yard UCOCAR - La Unidad Naval Coordinadora de los Servicios de Carenado de la Armada – for the construction of two Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boats and five smaller fast interception craft (Stan Patrol 2606) for the Venezuelan Coast Guard. The Stan Patrol 4207 ships will be armed with one 20mm canon, two 12.7mm and two 7.62mm machine guns. The Stan Patrol 2606 craft will mount three 12.7mm and three 7.62 machine guns and one automatic grenade launcher.
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