The owners were keen that the dredger entered into drydock on arrival, the shipyard was one step ahead with all necessary planning was done to complete the vessels already inside the drydocks and ready the docks for the incoming dredger. The dredger Nile River arrived early morning 06 00 hours on the 12th of September – given the excellent co-ordination from the Colombo Pilot Station / Local Agents –GAC Shipping Ltd and Colombo Dockyard PLC teams. The vessel’s movement was done smoothly and the Dredger was in the drydock by 08 30 hrs.
During this 72 hour (3 day) emergency drydocking call the critical job was to rectify the leaking shaft, this was attended to with in-situ vulcanising of the seals, while bottom door repairs were carried out, Over-flow trunk steel renewal was also attended to during this short call.
The Dredger was accommodated in Colombo Dockyards Dock No. 04 – 125,000 Dwt drydock exclusively to attend to the emergency repairs, shifting the drydocking program of the other inward planned vessels. The work was carried out with service engineer’s presence meeting owner’s requirements. As the dredger was on a tight time line, the ship yard worked round the clock to expedite the work and re-deliver the vessel back to owners within 3 days. Owner’s representative Arend Kamphorst Snr Technical Superintendent headed the Dredging International team and looked after the owner’s interests during this emergency repair call.
Colombo has been providing reliable and fast repair facilities to many international dredger owners over the past such as Van Oord Ship Management, Holland, Dredging Corporation, India, Mercator Lines, India. Currently (September,28th 2010) the dredger Sagar Hansa owned by Van Oord Ship Management is nearing completion of her drydocking repairs in the yard.
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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.