• Heavy storm damages rudder of dry cargo vessel

    Heavy storm damages rudder of dry cargo vessel

    31/01/2014
    When the rudder of a 132-meter dry cargo vessel was severely damaged during a heavy storm it came loose and was swinging dangerously from side to side during sailing, hitting the propeller of the vessel. The ship was unable to sail any further. A Hydrex diver/technician team mobilized to St. Malo, France in January to... Read more
  • Hydrex underwater inspections

    Hydrex underwater inspections

    01/01/2014
    Underwater inspections are an essential aspect of ship repairs. Building upon conventional technical skills and know-how while also taking advantage of the latest technology, Hydrex offers a unique hull monitoring service to its customers. This gives ship owners total control of the underwater hull and the underwater gear of their vessels. An informed decision can... Read more
  • Underwater stern tube seal repair in Trinidad saves time and money

    Underwater stern tube seal repair in Trinidad saves time and money

    20/12/2013
    Last month a Hydrex diver/technician team carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 148-meter container vessel in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The ship was suffering from an oil leak, making an on-site repair necessary. Using one of the company’s flexible mobdocks the team was able to carry out the entire operation on-site and... Read more
  • How Hydrex revolutionized underwater bow thruster operations

    How Hydrex revolutionized underwater bow thruster operations

    20/12/2013
    Hydrex was the first company to show that it was possible to remove and then replace thrusters by creating a dry environment underwater. Using the Hydrex-developed steel mobdocks to seal off the thruster tunnel, with an access shaft protruding above the water, work teams accessed the thruster tunnel and removed or repaired the thruster within... Read more
  • The evolution of stern tube seal repairs

    The evolution of stern tube seal repairs

    15/11/2013
    An interview with Hydrex founder Boud Van Rompay Hydrex was established in Antwerp in 1974 by Boud Van Rompay. Since then it has steadily grown into a company the shipping and offshore industry can depend upon whenever there are tough and difficult jobs to do as well as for regular, routine maintenance and repair tasks.... Read more
  • Fast underwater bow thruster blade replacement in Rotterdam

    Fast underwater bow thruster blade replacement in Rotterdam

    18/10/2013
    In September Hydrex has carried out bow thruster blade replacements on a 366-meter container ship in Rotterdam. The speedy repair was done during unloading. Our divers performed the operation underwater using one of our own workboats based at the Antwerp depot. This made it possible for the owner to keep his vessel out of drydock.... Read more
  • Underwater stern thruster removal and reinstallation in Cameroon

    Underwater stern thruster removal and reinstallation in Cameroon

    18/10/2013
    To save time and money for the owner of a 69-meter offshore supply vessel, Hydrex removed the stern thruster of the ship and installed a new unit during the vessel’s stop in Limbee, Cameroon. By carrying out both parts of the operation underwater the ship could continue its commercial activities and did not have to... Read more
  • Permanent underwater hull repairs carried out in less than a day

    Permanent underwater hull repairs carried out in less than a day

    18/10/2013
    Last month a Hydrex team mobilized from our office in Clearwater, Florida, to a 170-meter roro vessel berthed close by in Port Everglades to perform underwater hull repairs. Despite the relatively small scale of this operation, it was nonetheless vital for the shipowner. It allowed him to keep his vessel out of drydock and avoid... Read more
  • No drydocking needed thanks to quick underwater stern tube seal repair in Port Gentil

    No drydocking needed thanks to quick underwater stern tube seal repair in Port Gentil

    13/09/2013
    In August, the stern tube seals of a 67-meter, 2223 grt anchor handling vessel were replaced in Port Gentil by a Hydrex team of diver/technicians. The old seals were damaged and a fast repair was therefore necessary. The team carried out the entire operation on-site and underwater with one of the company’s flexible mobdocks. This... Read more
  • Underwater propeller blade straightening in New Orleans with Hydrex new generation equipment

    Underwater propeller blade straightening in New Orleans with Hydrex new generation equipment

    23/08/2013
    Last month, a diver/technician team performed a successful propeller blade straightening operation on a 245-meter oil tanker at anchorage in New Orleans, U.S.A. By taking advantage of the in-house developed cold straightening technique, damaged blades can be straightened underwater. This allows a ship with a damaged propeller to return to commercial operations without the need... Read more
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