MV Michelangelo Trader: Another Successful Dry-Docking in Difficult Times

Most vessels are scheduled for dry-docking once every five years, with intermediate surveys taking place in between.

Vessels are more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient when put back into service after dry-docking. To us at Uniteam Marine, the process of dry-docking is about our commitment to compliance and safeguarding our value proposition that vessels managed by Uniteam Marine maintain the highest performance standards.

When undertaking a major project such as the dry-docking of a vessel, every minute detail needs to be taken into consideration. The process itself requires careful planning and preparation by our Technical Managers.

It is not only the outside of the vessel that is surveyed and maintained during dry-docking. Overhauls of equipment that immediately influence the vessel’s performance – and hence environmental friendliness – are also in the usual scope of works when in the shipyard. It therefore is no surprise that throughout the period of dry-docking our in- house experts, but also external teams, take the opportunity to carry out maintenance work on engines, pumps, tanks and cargo spaces and the propulsion system as needed.

For instance, a ballast water treatment system is retrofitted not only to maintain MARPOL compliance of the vessel but also to allow for eco-friendly ballast operations of the vessel in her worldwide trades.

At the end of the process, the vessel undergoes sea trials, ensuring safe operations and drawing a line under the project. The sea trials also serve to ensure the performance promise of the Time Charter Description is well maintained and that our value proposition to our clients is fully met.

Lars. H. Evers, Technical Director