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Starboard anchor installation on a tanker

On Friday

We received the order confirmation from a trusted customer to carry out an anchor installation with 11 lengths on starboard side. All necessary equipment (heating equipment, hydraulic jacking tools, fitting tools, rigging materials, …) were loaded on our truck and all needed permits were taken care of.

On Saturday morning
Our foreman and the team of fitters drove the truck with the necessary equipment from our workshop at Antwerp to the loading berth of the pontoon in the port of Antwerp. All new 11 lengths of the anchor chain, anchor, swivel and patent shackles, etc. were unloaded from the truck(s) on to our pontoon (70 x 22 x 4 meter) by means of a mobile crane 80T.

-All anchor chain lengths flattened out on pontoon by means of mobile crane.
-All anchor chain lengths connected to each other by means of new patent shackles.
-All new securing pins installed inside new patent shackles and secured by lead (melted).
-New swivel connected between new anchor and last new length anchor chain.
-Securing pins installed inside and secured by lead (melted).

On Saturday evening
We also collected one motor at our workshop for transportation to the vessel (together with the anchor and anchor chains) for delivery on board, so the crew could exchange the motor of the mooring winch.

On Sunday
The motor and stores were loaded onto the pontoon by means of our crane truck.

On Monday evening
The pontoon shifted from the loading berth alongside the vessel by means of a work barge. The equipment was then installed and tested for good performance. Assistance was asked and delivered by our fitters to the ship’s crew for re-installation of the motor on the mooring winch.

-Emergency release from the bitter end and pin removed.
-Steel wire attached to mooring winch and lowered on deck of pontoon.
-First new anchor chain length connected with steel wire.
-First new anchor chain length hoisted on board by means of steel wire and mooring winch.
-New chain installed over chain nest of anchor winch, chain temporary secured.
-1 part of new anchor chain lowered into chain locker.
-Anchor chain brought into position of emergency release by means of chain blocks inside chain locker.
-Connecting pin re installed and fastened with securing pin of emergency release system.
-Steel wire removed.
-All new lengths anchor chain hoisted on board by means of anchor winch.
-New anchor hoisted in to hawse pipe by means of anchor winch.
-Work barge and pontoon shifted back to its mooring berth.

On Tuesday
Several stanchions were re installed in place and fully welded onto the pontoon and it was a job well done.

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Steel ship repair in the port of Antwerp

Yesterday morning a client requested us to attend one of their tankers in the port of Antwerp. Vessel noted hull damage on the aft due to contact with the jetty. In only one hour our team attended the vessel in the port of Antwerp to discuss the ship repairs with the captain and class society.

Class surveyor, Owner and our Supervisor decided to carry out a temporary steel ship repair because of the vessel going into dry dock next week. The necessary doubling plates were fabricated in our workshop in the port of Antwerp and transported alongside the vessel. Doubling plates were installed by our mobile repair team and fully welded.

The vessel could sail again only 30 hours after the owner contacted us. We also have to thank the terminal and port authorities which made it possible to perform the ship repairs as planned. And of course, last but not least we have to thank the ship’s crew who gave our mobile repair squad a small ‘present’. Also the agent, which assisted us before, during and after the works! Many thanks to all! Working during the night, in the pouring rain. I don’t have to explain why, but this was much appreciated by our team.

We have to thank the ship’s crew for the sandwiches ( made during the night ! ). And when we meet again we will bring you some nice Belgian waffles!

 

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Shipcare lifting drydock door in the port of Antwerp

This project took place few years ago at a shipyard in Antwerp. They’ve chosen us to carry out the necessary diving works.
Feel free to take a look at this short movie. Images do tell more then words!

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Cargo crane repair

Due to severe damage by stevedoring, our Greek customer had to repair his crane jib.  After inspection we’ve found some several steel damages, pins which got stuck, piston damaged and much more.

In cooperation with our client and classification, we decided to remove the crane jib, allowing the vessel to sail to her next port. In meantime, we could perform all the steel repairs, ultra thermic cutting, and renew hydraulics etc… in order to get the jib back in shape!

Upon the next call to the port of Antwerp, the repairs were finished and the crane jib could be re-installed by our technicians. Once the jib got tested by means of load testing etc… the vessel was ready to sail again.

 

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The port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerpen, where we are located, is also the port where we mainly carry out our activities.
Nevertheless we also perform shiprepairs and diving works ( with our mobile repair teams / riding teams )  in other ports such as Zeebrugge, Ghent, Flushing, Rotterdam and many other ports.
One day ago, we even secured a contract to perform works in Huelva ( Spain ). We will send some people who are very experienced in all kinds of winches. That’s why the customer prefers to rely on our knowhow to perform these works.
Voyage repairs are also common within the Longueville company. On regular base we are sending people with the vessel for one or even more voyages to reduce off-hire and down time. Especially for containervessels which have a very tight schedule it’s always interesting to see whether it is possible to perform the repairs during their voyage.
The port of Antwerp, with the city of Antwerp in the vincinity, a perfect place to stay!
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haven herstellingen

Last months, we have been contacted by several shipowners to perform port repairs in the port of Antwerp, Ghent, Flushing, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

From a small insert plate, renewal of SW pipes, up-to rigging in and out rampwires for a fleet carcarriers and major insert plates and steel repairs. We also performed some voyage repairs; fe. voyage repairs was carried out from Antwerp to Rotterdam and back for some steel repairs ( Panama chock had been damaged and had to be repaired ).
And many more repairs were carried out in good order.

And off course our divers had good repairs as well. Several propeller polishings were carried out, In water surveys and inspections were made, some yachts were lifted, overboards got plugged, … .

We, Shipcare, are always searching the most attractive solution. Timeframe, quality and flexibility are the keywords in our company.

Whenever needed, we are at your disposal to quote for your planned repairs and off course for every emergency case. Contact us by  mail or by phone.

 

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Port repairs

Last months, we have been contacted by several shipowners to perform port repairs in the port of Antwerp, Ghent, Flushing, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

From a small insert plate, renewal of SW pipes, up-to rigging in and out rampwires for a fleet carcarriers and major insert plates and steel repairs. We also performed some voyage repairs; fe. voyage repairs was carried out from Antwerp to Rotterdam and back for some steel repairs ( Panama chock had been damaged and had to be repaired ).
And many more repairs were carried out in good order.

And off course our divers had good repairs as well. Several propeller polishings were carried out, In water surveys and inspections were made, some yachts were lifted, overboards got plugged, … .

We, Shipcare, are always searching the most attractive solution. Timeframe, quality and flexibility are the keywords in our company.

Whenever needed, we are at your disposal to quote for your planned repairs and off course for every emergency case. Contact us by  mail or by phone.