The luxury yacht called in for her intermediate class survey and related drydocking repairs. Colombo Dockyard had been the automatic choice for the owners/ Managers given the excellent repair services provided to them on two previous occasions in 2012. First was the 10 year class renewal survey and soon after extensive grounding damage repairs.
Titan Fleet Management, France placed the vessel in Colombo for her repairs soon after completing her cruising engagements in the Maldivian waters. Colombo was strategically placed to handle the vessel comfortably providing a drydocking slot opening on arrival.
During this drydocking call the work package covered repairs in all sectors;
Hull Treatment Dept: Hull antifouling carried out, A/Chain P&S Ranging, Marking, Bitter End Disconnection, Calibration, H/P washing. Chain lockers Port and Stbd cleaning and HP washing. Propeller, bow thruster & stern thruster blades painting carried out.
Fire Unit: Fire extinguisher annual inspection carried out, BA bottles annual inspection, air compressor (BA) air quality test done.
Engine Dept. : A/E No.2 Complete overhaul, Stern Tube Bearing Replacement, Box Coolers 5 Nos cleaned, Filter (Strainer) Mounted on the suction Line of P&S Bilge wells in the E/R, F/W Sys. Chlorine Dosing Pump Installed, Emergency Fire Pump Suction Valve Renewed, M/E Exh. Pipe & Spark Arrestor Checked & Cleaned (4000h), Sewage System Overboard Valve Renewed.
Rudder Removal, Rudder Pressure tested and flushed with Fish Oil. Propeller Shafts MPI Tested. Propeller Polishing carried out and Root D/P Tested. Bow Thruster & Stern Thruster Seals Renewed. All 4 Nos Propeller Blade Seals Renewed, Bow Thruster & Astern Thruster Blades were polished.
2 Nos. Gray Water Discharge Pumps Overhauled, No.9 Tank Pressure Tested To .2 Bar. Emergency Fire Pump Suction V/V Overhauled, Propeller Shaft Line Alignment Checked, A/E Box Cooler Tube Leakage Arrested And Rectified, A/C Condenser End Cover Division Plate Renewed, Cooling Water Expansion Tanks (2 Nos.) Level Gauges & Valves renewed, Antifouling System Strainers 2 Nos. fabricated.
Deck Dept: Zinc Anodes To Replaced, All Drain Lines of AC1, AC2 & AC6 To Replace Due To Corrosion & Clogged Pipes, Annual Test of Life Boat & Life Boat Davit carried out, Life Boat Co2 Bottle Annual Inspection, 8 Nos. Relief V/Vs In Life Boat Davits Operating Sys. Replaced, Gangway Rollers P&S Renewed, Crane Hook Latch Spring repaired.
Fiberglass / Component shop: 2nos. Covers Fabricated For Life Boat Inflatable Balloon, Anchor Plates P &S Polishing, Stainless Steel Ladder Fabricated Height; 3000mm Weidth;900mm, Reinforcement For Catamaran 2, Ski jet Hull Repair, M/E Exhaust Gas Bellow Lagging Work Carried Out.
The owner’s interests were looked after by a team comprising of Mr. Nick Sevier, Fleet Manager, Mr. Georgi Belchev, Technical Superintendent and Mr. Antonio Dias, Interior Manager (Titan Fleet Management).
The yard team was headed by Mr. Ajith Kariyapperuma Ship Manager who was well supported by all production departments to re-deliver the vessel on schedule. Invoicing and specialized service arrangements were handled by Estimating & Invoicing Engineer Mr. Bathiya Senevirathna.
The owners were happy with the excellent facilities at their disposal coupled with the quality workmanship, professional approach to meet the owners requirements were highly appreciated.
High net-worth luxury yacht repair sector prospects look promising, with many of the yacht operators terminating their cruises close to Maldives in the Indian Ocean, reverting to repair- maintenance soon after a charter. The repairs were carried out meeting the Class Germanischer Lloyd classification society requirements. Mclearence Shipping Ltd., handled the local husbanding work smoothly.
Colombo has already emerged as a marine hub for commercial container traffic; the successful completion of this super luxury yacht projects and marketing of the services to this un-tapped sector looks promising for the future. The maritime industry in Sri Lanka has seen rejuvenated activity with the government of Sri Lanka implementing infrastructure development projects to cater to the leisure industry, specifically in Galle and in the longer term with the Colombo port city with a yacht marina on the cards, should attract the big players.