Funnel’s Away for FSL Hamburg

by tocle on January 20th, 2014 - Comments Off

Funnel’s Away for FSL Hamburg

FSL Hamburg arrived and docked at A&P Falmouth’s Queen Elizabeth No. 2 dock between Christmas 2013 and the New Year for a period of 12 days docking.

The oil tanker was in Falmouth for the removal and installation of a boiler Aalborg OC.  To remove the old boiler and fit the new involved removal of the entire funnel, engine exhausts, bridges pipelines and electrical installations.

Before the vessel’s arrival lifting and internal stiffening were prefabricated to facilitate the lifting of the funnel.  Additional support was added to the funnel to prevent it collapsing during lifting to preserve it for the reinstatement.

Upon arrival, the funnel was internally and externally scaffolded to allow access to the outlet joints and fitting of additional stiffening as preparation for the removal of the funnel.

The funnel was lifted as a single point lift (32 tons), which consisted of the funnel complete with exhaust, exhaust silencers, walkways and pipes.

The remaining funnel tubes were removed to provide for the removal of the old boiler and installation of the new boiler access.

After the installation of the new boiler and some walks and pipes, the funnel was lifted back into place. Then, like a puzzle all exhaust outlets, walkways, pipes were bolted back together.

During the drydocking the vessel’s tailshaft was also withdrawn for survey, and the hub sent back to the workshop for stripping and rebuilding.

Calamity Jane a long way from Montana

by tocle on January 17th, 2014 - Comments Off

Calamity Jane a long way from Montana

Currently in A&P Falmouth’s No.4 dock is the Allseas Engineering pipeline trenching vessel Calamity Jane.  Work includes survey and general repairs including overhaul of the 4 retractable azimuth thrusters which required 4 separate pits to be dug in the dock floor to facilitate removal.

Calamity Jane, is one of the most versatile vessels afloat specially equipped for pipeline trenching, and the flooding, gauging and testing (FGT) of pipelines.

In addition to supporting the Allseas fleet, Calamity Jane can operate as an independent trenching unit. Onboard she carries the aptly named character Digging Donald, a remotely operated mechanical trencher. Controlled by operatives on the ship via an umbilical cable supplying power and command signals Digging Donald never makes contact with the pipeline and can operate in depths up to 450 metres.

“All as One” say Thank You for Toys

by tocle on January 16th, 2014 - Comments Off

“All as One” say Thank You for Toys

Back in November 2013 A&P Falmouth collected hundreds of toys for the children in the All as One Orphanage in  Sierra Leone.

The gifts were delivered before Christmas by CSL Argosy, which had been in Falmouth for repair, and presented to the children by the Monaco office staff of Beltship Ship Management who manage the vessel.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and below is the message that came back from the children!

Sister Act at Falmouth

by tocle on January 16th, 2014 - Comments Off

Sister Act at Falmouth

Condor Express – Condor Ferries’ fast cat passenger  ferry (86L x 26B), GRT 5005 has arrived in Falmouth for docking, and follows on from the successful docking of her sister vessel the Condor Vitesse during November 2013.