• Bow thruster reinstallation in Hong Kong keeps ship out of drydock

    Bow thruster reinstallation in Hong Kong keeps ship out of drydock

    02/09/2011

    Recently a Hydrex diver/technician team mobilized to Hong Kong to reinstall a bow thruster on a 300-meter container ship after the unit had been overhauled.

    After all the preparations had been made, the team lowered the bow thruster unit into the water, positioned it in the thruster tunnel and secured it.

    Because the vessel was trimmed to a position that brought the thruster tunnel three quarters out of the water, there was no need to close off the thruster tunnel with the Hydrex flexible mobdocks. The unit could be connected to the engine room and the blades could be installed in the dry.

    The superintendent of the vessel and the attending surveyor carried out a  full inspection of the reinstalled bow thruster unit and they gave it their approval.

    During the operation the team worked in shifts to carry out the operation within the shortest possible time frame so that the vessel could continue on its schedule without any unnecessary delay.

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