The vessel was built by J I Thorneycroft, forerunner to Vosper Thorneycroft, in 1938 and has a length of 65 metres. She was originally capable of accommodating 13 guests with a crew of 30.
The contract was carried out at Portchester on the south coast and involved an average team size of 6 operatives plus a supervisor, which occasionally grew to 20 operatives and supervision when required by the client. Health, safety, quality and environmental support was sourced from both our Lincolnshire Head Office and the Portsmouth branch office.
Areas of the vessel which we painted included the engine room, bilge spaces, chain locker and void space compartments, fresh water tanks, grey and black water tanks, lube oil, salt water and fuel oil tanks.
In the majority of these areas the specification called for oil and grease to be removed with suitable detergent or solvent washing, mechanical preparation to St3, application of 1 touch-up coat of Penguard primer, followed by a full coat of Megacote Aluminium, a full coat of Megacote off white and a full coat of Topgloss RAL 9016. Total dry film thickness required was 350 microns.
Fresh water tanks were high pressure water washed to remove all salts and contaminants, blast cleaned to SA2.5 and then subjected to 2 coats of Tankguard to achieve a dft of 400 microns. The remaining tanks were also high pressure washed and blast cleaned, and then received 3 coats of Tankguard specialised coating. The inside skin of the hull was also cleaned, prepared and coated with a coat of high build primer prior to insulation and linings being applied. All materials were supplied by Jotun Paints.
Confined space procedures applied due to the size and access restrictions to many areas whilst great flexibility was required, including night time and weekend working to allow other trades to complete their works during normal working hours.
The contract was completed in June 2014 for £1.2 million and we received several commendations from the client during the course of the contract.