Repair order – general cargo ship ‘SAINT GEORGE’

Bernd Wittorf, Director Refit/Repair Department
Thanks to the extreme flexibility of our repair capacities within the shipyard group, we were soon able to have the damaged cargo vessel shipshape again.
Bernd Wittorf, Director Refit/Repair Department

When a cargo vessel is damaged in an incident, it almost always means enormous costs for the shipping company. It can sometimes take weeks of valuable time before it can be repaired and back in service. Time is money. We are fully aware of that at German Naval Yards. That’s why we make every effort to complete our clients’ repair orders with maximum speed and efficiency. The flexibility and fast responses of our shipyard group play a crucial role in this.

Lock gate collision

At the end of March, the cargo vessel operated by the Greek shipping company Pacific & Atlantic Shipmanagers collided with one of the lock gates on the Kiel Canal. Severe damage was sustained to the bulbous bow of the vessel in the incident. Four days later, the ‘SAINT GEORGE’ arrived at our yard in Rendsburg.

A strong group guarantees flexibility

Preparations for the repair order had been in full swing there since the moment our client’s order had been received. The target: to get the vessel shipshape again in the shortest possible time. To guarantee this, the decision not to do the work required on the ‘SAINT GEORGE’ at LINDENAU, the main repair shipyard, was made at an early stage of proceedings. At the time, the yard’s capacities were largely booked out with other projects. In view of this, NOBISKRUG, our sister yard in Rendsburg, took on the repair order.

A quick diagnosis

After a thorough underwater inspection, it soon became clear that the repairs required could be carried out without docking the vessel. Instead, the ‘SAINT GEORGE’ was manoeuvred into a favourable position that enabled us to quickly repair the damage to the bulbous bow without any problems. On 9.4.2015, after only a good two weeks at the yard, the ‘SAINT GEORGE’ was able to continue her voyage.

General vessel data:

Length overall
131.55 m
Beam
18.81 m
Height
9.4 m
Gross registered tonnage (GRT)
6,680 t
Dead weight tonnage (DWT)
8,500 t

One ship – a whole list of names

In the past, the ‘SAINT GEORGE’ has sailed under many different names. Until June 2008, she bore the name ‘HYFOUR’. Until January 2009 ‘ONEGO FORESTER’, then ‘LEHMAN FORESTER’. Until October 2011, she sailed under the name ‘NUNUKAS’. Until May 2013 she was called ‘CLIPPER MARIA’. At present, the ‘SAINT GEORGE’ sails under the flag of Cyprus.