PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: RUDDER REMOVED AND
RE-WELDED, TAIL SHAFT OVERHAUL AND SEAL REPLACED ALSO A FULL HULL PREPARATION AND PAINTING.
THE PROJECT: Despite some tough competition the Repubblica Del Brasile refit and dry docking was awarded to A&P Falmouth Ltd UK. This vessel was the 45th drydocking for the Grimaldi Group of Naples with the A&P Group during the past ten years.
The Repubblica Del Brasile a 52,000 GRT Vehicles Carrier with movable decks can accommodate large pieces of plant and or equipment such as used cars and heavy lorries. The vessel is employed on a liner service trading regularly from North Europe to West Africa and South America.
SCOPE OF WORK: The vessel was in Falmouth for a total of 22 days in dry dock. The main work involved removal of the after quarter ramp, rudder removal and tail shaft removal.
The quarter ramp consists of three sections, each of which was lifted from the vessel separately. The heaviest main section of ramp (connected to the vessel) weighing 95 tons was lifted from the vessel using a tandem lift. A&P’s 21 crane lifting the majority of the weight (48 ton) with the remainder lifted using a mobile crane. Whilst off the ramp was straightened and the main hinges replaced and all surfaces prepared and painted.
The rudder was removed and lowered into the dock bottom to allow for corroded seams to be ground out and re-welded. The tail shaft was withdrawn for a complete overhaul and seal replacement.
Other works included; Full Hull preparation and painting, Forward and After Thruster overhauls including stainless steel liner replacements, various pipework renewals and steelwork repairs.
CUSTOMER COMMENTS: Dr Ing Giancarlo Coletta Purchasing Director for the Grimaldi Group commented on the dry docking;
‘’A&P Falmouth Ltd UK as usual has performed a timely refit despite the difficulties of the works to be done and the extensive and large repairs to be done on the main ramp. This refit has been another successful demonstration of the good partnership established between Grimaldi Group and A&P Group and we are willing to celebrate soon the 50th successful refit with A&P ’’