Monday, January 21, 2013

MTD Walkers completes underwater ship repair in record time

Colombo Engineering Services, a MTD Walkers company completed a praiseworthy underwater operation carried out in the open sea off Colombo last Saturday.

“Giovanni Battista Bottiglieri” vessel at Colombo open sea

The ship that was attended to was the 225 meter long Italian owned bulk carrier the “Giovanni Battista Bottiglieri” on voyage from India to south Africa which made an urgent call to Colombo, sensing a drop in its speed.

Thee Italian ship owners directly contacted Kiran Atapattu, the Chief Operating Officer of both Colombo Engineering and Walkers Engineering who swiftly responded to the very urgent requirement of the ship by immediately mobilizing a team of twenty top divers with technicians in three work boats taking with them underwater cameras and underwater hydraulically operated American made ship cleaning and polishing machinery systems to carry out the operation.

On an initial camera inspection made by the diving team it was revealed that there was extensive marine growth on the complete underwater belly of the ship including on the propeller and it’s rudder which halted its speed.

Though this kind of repair is usually done in a dry dock for days and weeks, the Colombo Engineering team with the introducing of modern technology completed the assignment in just 48 hours thus saving ship owners a huge sun of money while the ship repair work brought in valuable foreign exchange to the county.

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