Last month, during a quarantine Sunday, a 71,475 tons container ship suffered a collision during berthing maneuvers at the port of Cristobal, in the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal. The Neo-Panamax vessel hit the berth structure, causing serious damages to the ship and the terminal facilities.
The vessel breached the hull of the No. 1 Deep Water Ballast Tank. The length of rupture was approximately 5 meters, with a deformation measuring a width of almost 3 meters. Just minutes after the accident we got in contact with the ship’s superintendent in Europe, and we were instructed to board immediately to come up with a repair plan on an urgent basis, since the vessel had a critical schedule to keep, during this pandemic.
After evaluating the extension of the damage, an agreement was reached to perform permanent repairs with approximately 10 tons of steel. The process involved pre-fabricating steel members at our workshop. Once the new steel structures arrived on the vessel, we performed the fitting, production welding, and NDT & inspection of welds, on the shell plate and internal structures, including the side longitudinal frames and stringers.
The job was performed within the given window, in bad rainy weather, to the satisfaction of the attending P&I and ABS class surveyor, and applying the highest level of COVID-19 safety protocols.