In winter, the Gry Maritha is Scilly’s only scheduled sea connection. Penzance Dry Dock worked around the clock to give the islands their lifeline back. The day before new year’s eve 2013, the Gry Maritha struck crow rock, half a mile out of St Mary’s Harbour, causing hull damage to the starboard side.
“Penzance Dry Dock gave us an excellent service when many others would have panicked under the pressure. The work was carried out very well considering the time restraints imposed by service requirments.”
Paul Stevens, Captain of The Gry Maritha
The tough, Norwegian-built freighter brings food, fuel and other essentials in all sea conditions so it was imperative to complete the repairs quickly. A 20-strong team worked through the night to return the ship to service in time for her next voyage.
At Lloyds’ request, the Gry Maritha was docked for a full survey – revealing areas of hull damage which would need to be cut and re-plated before the ship would be fit for her challenging duties.
Crucially, Penzance Dry Dock’s ability to work around the clock enabled work to proceed quickly. A team of 20 experienced engineers worked together to get the job done.
The hard work paid off, and a project that might have taken some facilities a week was completed – including docking and un-docking – within two days. The Gry Maritha was fit to run her next voyage as scheduled, preventing shortages on Scilly.
Despite the turnaround, all work was carried out to ISO9001:2008 quality standards, satisfying Lloyds’ surveyor the ship was once again ready to sail.
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