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‘Wei-Li’

Maintenance and repairs on crane ship ‘Wei-Li’ completed in ten days at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

Date
September 2015
Ship name
‘Wei-Li’
Ship type
Offshore Construction Vessel
Yard
Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque
Tasks performed for this project
  • Maintenance
  • Repair

Ensuring the ‘Wei-Li’ was properly supported in the dry dock was a complex project in itself. The 141 meter, 18,330 DWT crane ship required special dock bed arrangements due to her unconventional hull form and the 3,000 ton crane mounted on her stern. A total of 225 blocks and 56 steel pillars of up to 7 meters in length were required to support the stern. Wooden wedges also had to be added to the lateral blocks to accommodate the unusual hull shape and ensure complete stability in the dry dock.

The scope of work included standard work for class survey, blasting and painting of the hull and the overhauling of the internal and overboard valves. The range of electrical works was extensive given the tight time frame. A large number of motors were removed and transported back to the workshop for overhaul before being returned and refitted. The last ones were fitted and tested on the same day of the vessel’s departure.

The starboard propeller blades were rebuilt, which required re-welding tips onto each of the blades followed by a full polish for both propellers. Six generator coolers and their bearings were removed for overhauling, and some major repairs were made to the accommodations.

The work proceeded smoothly and after 10 days of working around the clock work, all maintenance and repairs were completed. On Friday 11 September, the ‘Wei-Li’ crane ship slipped her lines at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque to make the short trip up to Rotterdam.

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