“Surveys and leaving dry dock sums up the past week,” says Project Manager Matt Blair (Australia) about the progress in the shipyard in Durban. All the class surveys and surveys for the annual Passenger Ship Safety Certificate were completed.
From the start of dry dock time crew have been working on the lifeboats and rescue boats along with the davits, used to launch them. A faithful group from the ship has been working on the davits to make sure all the rust is removed and the surfaces protected. Three of the five lifeboats needed significant work which has been done by a subcontractor on shore. Repairs to the other two lifeboats were carried out by the same contractor on board. Meanwhile, many other maintenance jobs have been completed, including pipework, retiling bathrooms and servicing the fire extinguishers and other life-saving equipment. Before starting the dry-dock period there was a list of essential jobs as well as a list of ‘back-up’ jobs, and many of these secondary jobs have also been completed.
“This is another week to thank God for safety, security and good progress,” concluded Matt. “We are thankful for all those on board for their motivated participation, and thankful to all who support us from afar too!” Logos Hope is scheduled to depart for Richards Bay early on Monday morning.