The contract also included recoating the boot top (a stripe painted around the hull above the waterline, separating the bottom paint from the topside finish). The work was carried out for The National Museum of The Royal Navy.
Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain's dominance in trade and industry, Warrior was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design.
Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior cost almost £400,000 to construct and provided employment for a 2,000 strong workforce.
Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Black Battlefleet and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more.
HMS Warrior was rescued in the 1980s, restored in Hartlepool and brought back home to Portsmouth, and is now owned by the Warrior Preservation Trust, an independent charity.
A floating pontoon was hired and erected by the same company (Floating Pontoon Hire) and was floated out to the side of the ship. The hire company also supplied a safety boat with a fully trained operative to move the pontoon when needed and ferry the men to and from the pontoon to the dockside safely.
Scaffolding towers were erected by PASMA trained operatives and anchored down to the pontoon by means of wagon straps to anchor points built into the pontoon itself.
The work started on the starboard side of the ship, on the floating pontoon, working from the secured scaffolding towers. Firstly, a fresh water wash down to remove all salts and contaminates was used, followed by mechanical preparation of breakdown areas and full mechanical abrade. Next, a spot coat of primer was applied, a full detergent wash, full coat of high build and then finally a full coat of finish. The first phase took 2 operatives 3 weeks to complete.
The process for the port side of the ship followed the same order and painting specification, but access was by MEWP. This phase took 2 operatives 4 weeks to complete.
We also had rope access for a 3 man team for 5 days to paint around the anchor and cables. All the rope access work was carried out by subcontractors (Abfad Rope Access), working to the same paint specification.
All works were based on a 5 day week due to public access.
When painting over water, all MEWP baskets had absorbent mats to prevent spillages of paint into the water and all operatives wore life jackets. All MEWPs were fitted with crush prevention barriers and the pontoon was fitted with a fence around the full circumference of the platform to prevent anything or anyone from falling into the sea.
Operatives working on the project were all ICATS trained and held PASMA and IPAF licences for access,
All plant and equipment needed was stored safely and securely in an outbuilding within the Naval Base, and paint was taken to the ship by the supervisor when it was needed.
The Contracts Manager and Health & Safety Advisor visited daily to monitor progress and to take environmental readings.
The work was completed in August 2018 at a cost of circa £68,000.