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12 July 2012


RMS St Helena in dry dock in Cape Town

Captain Andrew Greentree, RMS St Helena

Whilst we were at E berth work continued with the pax enhancement program. With 40 UK Contactors living onboard, the female crew quarters was quickly guttered in preparation for the new pax cabins on B deck. The deck in the main crew alleyway was lifted, various officers showers were made ready for recoating the surfaces, the crew mess was stripped out and the deck heads spray painted.  

The Ship's staff have been busy covering the carpets, preparing the cabins for the contractors, removing all port holes in the Crew Rec and Mess ready for replacements. All the tuff rails covered and the safety gear packed away. Others have been away on First Aid courses and most important they have been keeping us fed and watered. 

Down below in the Engine Room we have seen the Starboard gear box overhaul commence, with the strip down. Work could only be carried out on one engine as we needed the other for shifting.

Now with us safely in dry dock the real work has begun. This morning Tuesday 10th July the dock bottom inspection was carried out to assess the condition of the hull.  At present the hull is being high pressure washed before blasting can commence.  

Both anchors have been ranged on the dock bottom ready for washing, inspection and re-marking. The chain locker will be washed and then coated in the next few days before the anchors go back. 

The hatch covers are being made ready for removal where a lot of the components will be renewed.  

Work is still continuing in the Engine room on the starboard gear box and now the port Engine.  In the next few days we will see both prop shafts being removed, seals replaced and the propeller blades renewed. 

Work is still continuing on the accommodation enhancement with the cabins being rebuilt.

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