The Dredger Fernao de Magalhaes in the Joubert Dock for a Month

The dredger Fernao de Magalhaes arrived in the Louis Joubert dock on 10th December, for a series of repairs to be carried out by Eiffel Industrie Marine (EIM). Flexibility, responsiveness and the ability to work in synergy with Nantes – Saint Nazaire Port’s teams have enabled EIM to secure this big ship repair contract with the Jan de Nul Group, a specialist marine contractor.

Eiffel Industrie Marine is going to be conducting various repairs and inspections on the Fernao de Magalhaes, a 138-metre-long cutter dredger. A series of operations including sheet metal work, geo-mechanical inspections and the renovation of the hull will be carried out in the Louis Joubert dock. The major technical stop operation will take place at the Quai des Charbonniers facility.

Shed B Transformed into a Sheet Metal Shop

Before entering the Joubert dock, the dredger was relieved of her three 47-metre piles weighing 200 tonnes each, which are required to maintain the dredger’s stability when in operation. Unloaded using the jumbo derrick, the piles were then transferred to shed B, which has been transformed into a sheet metal shop for the duration of this technical stop. It was therefore necessary to adapt the building (removing the steps, modifying the framework, etc.) to accommodate these very large elements and to allow the EIM technicians to work on the pile screwing system.

Following this rejuvenation, the dredger Fernao de Magalhaes should take to sea again on 15th January 2016.



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