Complete overhaul of pumps during dry docking

Complete overhaul of pumps during dry docking

Service Engineers from SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps contributed to an effective dry docking of combined LPG/Chemical Tanker, Cathinka Spirit, in China.

Due to a devastating typhoon, Cathinka Spirit was delayed getting to the yard in Shenzhen in China, where the LPG tanker was in dry dock to undergo an overhaul of its CL LPG Cargo Pumps, NMB Booster Pump, C2G Ballast Pumps and two of its DL Oil & Chemical Pumps.

The job was entrusted to SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps Singapore, who with a large new Service Centre in Singapore have access to the skills, facilities, tools and spare parts needed to service customers in South and Southeast Asia around the clock.

“We requested Svanehøj Group to send extra technicians to avoid any delays. Despite all the challenges, they completed the job before the scheduled departure without compromising the quality of job”
– Rishib Dev Satija, Vessel Manager at OSM Tanker Management

Leak discovered during test
Rishib Dev Satija generally experiences SVANEHØJ Danmark A/S and Hamworthy Pumps Singapore Pte Ltd. as being highly competent professionals who do not compromise on the quality of their work. He had this confirmed in connection with work on Cathinka Spirit where
Service Engineers from SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps observed a severe leakage during a function test of one of the chemical pumps which weren’t overhauled during the dry docking.

“The pump was stopped, and our team entered the tank and removed the pump head from the pipe-stack to investigate further. The lower seal was crushed, so we had to replace the shaft seals inside the tank. Had we not discovered the leak, the crew on Cathinka Spirit could at worst have been forced into an emergency discharge,” says Martin Lund Jensen, Service Manager at Hamworthy Pumps Singapore.

In addition to servicing and overhauling the four different types of pumps, SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps also performed a complete upgrade of the ballast pump system, including an overhaul of the rotor units, installation of new larger size E-motors and impellers on-board the vessel.

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