Sitting in Imperial Dock, Leith, awaiting the departure of another vessel and then a suitable weather window to enter the drydock. The weather on Friday 7th December was very poor with gale force winds.
Drydock blocks all set, ready for our arrival.
The wait is over 😊
Preparing to enter the drydock on Saturday 8th December at 1700 hrs.
The move into the drydock was undertaken dead-ship, with the assistance of two tugs and Forth Pilot (no engine or thruster power was available, due to the commencement of the main engine overhaul works).
Finally arrived, and now the hard work begins.
Drydocking a ship is similar to a car having an MOT, but on a bigger scale. The vessel is given an inspection and survey by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the vessels classification society Lloyds Register. On passing the inspections and surveys the vessel is given renewed certification allowing her to safely carry passengers and vehicles for the next year. Various upgrades and modifications are also completed at this time ensuring the vessel is maintained to the highest standards.
Out of Water Survey
Starboard stabiliser and bilge keel
Starboard Stern Tube and A Frame
Starboard Propellor and Becker Rudder
Port Propeller and Rudder
Port stabiliser extended for painting
Hull cut outs made in preparation for void space grit blasting.
No. 1 and 2 Void Spaces will have all there paint coatings removed by grit blasting, before being fully re-coated.
Bow ramp open
Engine Room works
Overhaul of the vessels two main engines - Mirrlees Blackstone MB 275’s
Crankcase door openings and Engine Control Room
Observation Lounge and Mariners Cafeteria
Before and after - new Galley and Servery deck coatings completed
Sitting on the blocks
Bow Visor and Ramp
Bow ramp open for finger flap repairs
UHP water blasting the stern ramp
Stern ramp - finger flap repairs
Starboard Windlass ashore for overhaul
Bridge CPP Controls renewed by Rolls Royce
Hull painting progressing
Aft car deck fans opened up for survey
Void blasting finish and final paint coat
Return of FRC after service and inspection
MES and Liferafts return after annual inspection and service
Loadline and draught marks completed
Leith - sunrises
A real treat 😊
Leith - sunsets
Stunning sunset over the Royal Yacht Britannia
Sunshine on Leith 🎼😊
Red Ensign in the morning glow
Keeping the water back 👍😊
Drydock Gates and Pump House
Leith - Imperial Dock
Ready for the water again 👍😊
Drydock is such a busy time in the life of a ship but so rewarding for the crew as well, seeing the scope of works progress and the vessel finally made shipshape again for return to service.