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Re: does a moored ship require much maintenance?
Posted by Jim Moses on September 10, 2017, 2:54:51, in reply to "does a moored ship require much maintenance? "
At the risk of sounding like a wise guy, the answer is, “it depends…” If you just tie it up and walk away, eventually something fails – a valve, a joint, a seal, and water starts seeping in. If there’s no watch – we called them “sounding and security” – to sound voids and tanks, and generally keep an eye on things – you get the Argentine result. For an extended period of inactivity, a skeleton crew is needed for housekeeping, essential maintenance/lubrication and checking/energizing things on a schedule if you ever want to get underway again. And shore maintenance & support must be in place if problems are found. Long-term layup (“mothballing”) done properly involves leak sensors, sealing the ship and installing dehumidifiers, greasing and otherwise preserving mechanical systems, and still physically checking periodically. “Back in the day” even mothballed ships were periodically brought out for shipyard maintenance.
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