Eddystone departed with BWT system installed
The Point class vessels are not so ordinary ro-ro ships. They are designed to be able to carry heavy vehicles and for strategic military sealift. Remontowa SA has hosted and serviced some of them over the recent months. The Point class ships visiting Remontowa are Foreland Shipping owned and Andrew Weir managed.
The Point class is a series of six roll-on/roll-off sealift ships procured under a Private Finance Initiative and available for use as naval auxiliaries to the British armed forces. When not required for military service, the ships are normally and mostly operated commercially as merchant ships.
Four ships of the series were built by the German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, while the remaining units come from famous Harland and Wolff in Belfast. All are named for British points and headlands. The Point class vessels, built in 2002-2003, feature 193 m length over all, at 26 m beam and 5,9 m draught allowing for approx. 14,200 dwt capacity and 2,650 ro-ro lane meters. Besides being able to carry lots of heavy (military) equipment, these units are basically ro-ro vessels with large axial external ramps, designed for the transportation of dry cargoes, containers and vehicles.
The Point class parade at Remontowa commenced last June with the visit of Anvil Point (on the picture above). July saw servicing of the Hurst Point at Remontowa. In August the stay of Eddystone ended. The fourth unit representing the Point class, namely the Hartland Point, entered Gdansk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" early September.
Let us describe quite extensive range of works onboard these interesting ships on the example of Eddystone (on the picture below). The ship has underwent wide ranging general overhaul and repairs. Hull and superstructure maintenance and painting was carried out, including docking. Tunnel thruster and main propulsion propeller have been repaired, sea chests, chain lockers, oil fired boiler have been overhauled and heavy fuel tanks have been cleaned. Some 800 sq m of ceiling panels have been replaced with new ones in the main deck cargo space. Overhaul and maintenance works of the external ro-ro access ramp have been carried out. And last, but not least, the Cathelco prototype Ballast Water Treatment system has been installed in the pump room. This called for installation of three special process control cabinets, filters, piping for the main filter cleaning system, UV radiators as well as other items of water treatment process equipment and auxiliary devices. Also some 50 m long special Glassfiber Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) pipe have been installed and 2 km of cabling.
According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations, existing ships should comply with the Global Ballast Water Convention, adopted by IMO in 2004, which clearly states how ballast water should be treated before release into the sea. Vessels built prior to 2009 should comply with the convention latest 2014 or 2016, depending on the ballast water capacity of the vessel, while vessels built during or after 2009 have to comply immediately. In order to support this demand, various companies have developed their own Ballast Water Treatment systems. There are several solutions available on the market, many varied BWT systems and suppliers with IMO type approvals and more are to come, as their systems are in different approval stage. Remontowa S.A. has proven its vast capabilities in applying new technologies onboard repaired, converted or upgraded ships on many occasions. Therefore we are ready to assist ship operators in choosing and installation of the best solution suiting their ships and requirements. To meet the challenge, we have created a dedicated multi-specialist team of engineers who discussed the issue with major WBT suppliers and prepared necessary documentation. The yard has a track record in installing different types of WBT systems on board existing vessels and new ones, as well.