Colombo’s strategic location and the reputation as a reliable service provider attracted the Cardiff Marine Inc., to utilize Colombo Dockyard facilities for this damage repairs. Cardiff Marine Inc., is a well reputed ship owner / Manager managing a fleet of vessels in excess of 6 million deadweight.
The tanker Delos initially planned to arrive in Colombo earlier in the Month of February finally arrived in Colombo on the 17th of February. Due to her shifted arrival, the initially allocated yard slot was not available as the next planned tanker had already arrived at the repair berth. The only available option was to secure another suitable berth to accommodate the vessel, immediate action was taken to request assistance from the local agents GAC Shipping Ltd. Local agents were up to the task responding immediately and securing a suitable berth for this massive tanker (LOA 183.00 Meters / Beam 32.00 Meters).
Shipyard mobilised the repair team under the project leadership of Ship Manager Mr. Dhammika Dissanayake, with coordinated support from steel department Steel engineer Mr. Avantha Gunathilake and his team to complete the job efficiently. As the job was carried out at the port berth, where all required services had to be arranged with meticulous planning and coordination.
The main repair scope handled during this repair call consisted of :
The steel renewal repairs on the port side hull, No.4 WBT internal, A- deck and fabrication repairs of Aluminium Alloy Accommodation ladder and davits, bunker davit, rewinding of 380 KW cargo pump motor, and AC blower new shaft machining work undertaken and completed during the quoted 12 days.
Shear strake-single curvature, tri-angle curved plates were fabricated in yard steel workshop round the clock to expedite the work progress. Tank internal frames, stiffeners, stringers and brackets welded under the close up class Survey inspection. Damaged “A” deck completely was cropped and new deck was fabricated in workshop and transported to on-board the tanker and fitted up. Aluminium alloy accommodation ladder fittings, steps, hand rails, stanchions, fabricated and welded by qualified MIG welders to fulfil the class Survey requirement. The ladder damaged davit was newly fabricated and misalignments were re-corrected prior to installation, finally load tested in the presence of LR Surveyor and on- board trials completed to the satisfaction of owners.
Yard was aware of the owner’s situation, the vessel being off hired from the time of arrival at port berth as a result owners were keen to have the vessel out back on hired soon as possible. Production team deployed repair teams around the clock making it possible deliver the vessel back within the scheduled duration of 12 days. The steel renewal repair on the shipside and ladder was completed meeting the classification society standards of Lloyds Register, UK and under the watchful eye of the attending superintendent Mr. Alexandros Karapanagiotis.
The Odyssey of excellence continues offering the unique customised repair facilities, at the most strategic and scenic location, committed and dynamic work force, supplemented by the partnerships with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd. Japan & Horizon Energy-UAE Colombo now offers an unbeatable package.
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Colombo Dockyard PLC is the island's leading Ship repair, Shipbuilding and Heavy Engineering facility, conveniently located inside the very Port of Colombo operates 4 graving dry-docks with a maximum capacity of 125,000 Dwt.