Emergency On-site Repairs Keeps Vessel Sailing

By Michelle Howard
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Photo courtesy of Hydrex

Hydrex offers fast on-site repairs in emergency situations. Its fast response team are ready to mobilize immediately to locations around the world for a wide range of operations.
There are many events that can stop a ship from sailing. Ships with a leaking stern tube are often not allowed to enter ports. A vessel can be tied up after a collision or a malfunctioning rudder can prevent safe maneuvering. Going to drydock is obviously not an option in such cases. Arranging the vessel to be unloaded at sea is an organizational and financial disaster for the owner. On top of this it does not solve the problem, because the damaged ship is still unable to leave its location.
Hydrex said it can perform routine repairs as well as permanent underwater repairs to thrusters, propellers, rudders, stern tube seals and damaged or corroded hulls. We create drydock-like conditions around the affected area to perform these operations on-site and within the shortest possible time frame. This allows the vessel to sail again. In most cases a permanent repair can be performed and no follow-up is needed. If this is not possible, a class approved temporary solution is offered. The ship can then continue its schedule and go to drydock at a more convenient time and location.


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