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ASRY Comes Up Aces
In line with expectations, 2002 turned out highly successful for the ASRY ship repair yard in Bahrain, which repaired approximately 95 vessels — ranging from ULCC's and chemical carriers — to offshore drill rigs and diving support vessels. Thus illustrating the company's broad width of expertise in a variety of areas.
With sales throughout the year up approximately 13 percent during the previous year, with a significant increase in the number of vessels coming from the Arab market, this particular market sector has increased by approximately 50 percent during the past three years.
Dock occupancy has remained high with the Graving Dock No 1 occupied 89 percent of the time, while Floating
Dock No. 2's occupancy was 88.2 per- cent; Floating Dock No. 3 held topped off at 92 percent. Of the 95 vessels that
CARINA 8T« the yard docked in 2002, 14 came in at more than 175,000 dwt, nine were in the 70,000 to 175,000 dwt range, while the remaining rounded out at below 70,000 dwt.
Some of the major repairs completed during the year included Vela Intl.
Marine's tanker Orion Star at 305,227 dwt, the 305.668 dwt Carina Star, the
Hydra Star at 305,846 dwt, and Polaris
Star at 301.569 dwt. In addition, a vari- ety of owners had more than three ves- sels docked at ASRY during the year, specifically Kuwait Oil Tanker Co.:
Saudi Arabian Oil Co.; NPCC;
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.; Red
Sea Marine Services; and Petrobras, to name a few.
However, the largest vessel to call at the yard was the 457.927 dwt Stena
King, which underwent approximately 500 tons of steel replacement where as the largest blasting and painting contract was completed on the 265.243 dwt
World Prelude. Requiring nearly 110,000 sq. m. of blasting with more than 313,000 sq. m. of painting, both contracts were completed on time.
And demands for blasting and painting continued at a high level throughout 2002, with more than 831.000 sq. m. of blasting being completed and more than 3,512,000 sq. m. of painting completed at the yard.
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GMD Performs Evergreen Repair
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This past November, the GMD Group performed emergency repairs to
Evergreen's 46,411-gt containership
M/V Ever Goods, when its rudder failed in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world — midway between New York and New Jersey, underneath the
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Rather than pay anywhere between five and six mil- lion dollars to tow the broken vessel to its homeport in Japan, the owners opted to call on GMD's Bayonne Drydock &
Repair, which was conveniently located just a few miles from the bridge.
Originally the plan called for the fabri- cation of a new rudder stock, but when
GMD located a never-before used tail- shaft with ABS certification papers in
San Francisco, Calif, those plans were quick to change. It was decided by both the representatives from Evergreen and
Bayonne's project engineer, Carl
Gomez to drydock the vessel at the
Bayonne yard on December 2, 2002. where it remained until the end of the year.
Workers at the Bayonne yard immedi- ately began to fabricate a new 22.5-ton, 8.698 x 699-mm rudder stock, com- mencing with classification inspections that were carried out by NK surveyors, while all fabricating instructions and measurements were conducted through
In addition to the rudder stock fabrica- tion, the vessel's steering system was completely disassembled from top to bottom. All parts were inspected and measured and the carrier bearing and carrier plate were machined down.
Following measurements taken via laser beam from the new machined carrier bearing to neck bearing and gudeon bor, it was recommended by project engineer
Gomez that a line bor was not necessary.
M/V Ever Goods' new steering system consisted of a Thordon bearing, which was fabricated accordingly at the yard to
Thordon machining instructions for steering.
Following operational tests at the
Bayonne yard, the vessel departed on
December 29. 2002.
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