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Caridoc A Variety of Drydocking/Repair Services In the Caribbean

Caribbean Drydock Limited (Caridoc), located on the island of Trinidad, the last and one of the most industrialized in the chain of Caribbean islands, plays a significant role in the area's shiprepair market for small to medium- sized vessels of all types, including chemical, LPG, LNG and product carriers, as well as tankers, general cargo, RoRo vessels, tug boats and barges. The 26-acre yard offers 1,968 ft. (600 m) of sea frontage, 2,296 ft. (700 m) of quayside and three berthing piers.

A local engineering group of several companies provides support and back-up services to Caridoc, including: diesel engine overhaul, repair and components reconditioning; repair and maintenance of hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, electrical motors, generators, transformers, and switchgear. This includes a complete range of on-site machining and testing equipment which includes dynamic balancing, vibration analysis, laser alignment, nondestructive crack-detection equipment, electroplating of hydraulic shafts, components (diamond-hard chrome) metal heat treatment, foundry molding and casting of castiron, brass, bronze and aluminum components (including zinc anodes, crankshaft grinding and white metal bearing relining).

Variety of Shops for Service and Repair Needs Engineering department. Includes a computerized system, 10 qualified engineers and a drafting office with a range of testing equipment. The department is fully equipped to design, draw and produce construction drawings for completion of jobs. The mobile and support equipment available on site consists of mobile compressors, fixed compressors, 265-kVA generators, 10- and 20-ton mobile cranes, sand and grit-blasting equipment, airlines spray paint equipment, high pressure wash machines up to 10,000 psi, pump deep well, multi stage, centrifugal and multi-gear for water, fuel and oil, Butterworth tank cleaning machines, 600-, 1,200- and 1,800-bhp tugboats, forklift trucks, cherry picker, etc.

Steel fabrication shop. Offers plate rolling up to 355 inches (9,000mm) by two inches (50mm) thick; plate bending and shearing with capacity of 9.85 ft. (3m) wide and .6 in (15mm) thick; equipment for MIG, TIG, stick and oxy/gas welding; plasma cutting; and a 15- ton-capacity traveling crane.

Pipe fabrication shop. Contains pipe bending machines with capacities of up to eight inches in diameter up to schedule 80, both with mandrell and pump bend type machines. Hot and cold bending is also available, cleaning of pipes by pickling process and other chemical and mechanical methods.

Machine shop. Fully equipped with several lathes (capacity up to 35 ft. [10.7 m] long and 13-ft. [3.9 m] diameter), milling machines, gear cutting machines, shapers, boring mills, jig borers, grinders, threading machines in both English and metric measurements, overhead traveling cranes of up to 15-ton capacity — all in a covered space of 1,800 sq.-m.

Engine overhaul department. Equipped for steam cleaning, shot blasting, cylinder boring, cylinder head and cover reconditioning, crankshaft grinding, with facilities for complete engine overhaul. Its electrical shop contains high and low voltage testing equipment, motor and generator coil rewinding, and general servicing equipment for electrical systems.

Caridoc has agents in the U.K., Denmark, Germany, Greece and Cyprus, Holland and Belgium, Hong Kong, Norway and Sweden, and Venezuela.

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