Picture from FEARLESS – RUDDER REPAIR – MODIFICATION-line-cutBetween April and March 2014 MEGADIVE diver/technician team carried out rudder repair/modification on a 185-meter bulk carrier in Port Sudan.

The ship was suffering from grounding with her rudder blade bent and stuck, making an on-site modification necessary. The team was able to carry out the entire operation on-site and underwater, helping the vessel to departure for the nearest shipyard.

Having completed a thorough In – Water Damage Survey for any other potential cracked or damaged areas, the Megadive’s highly trained diving team proceeded to the evaluation of the rudder blade’s best cutting line, welding simultaneously heavy duty lashing eyes retained by 5 tons chain blocks, for the former’s securing. The accessibility to the internal parts of the blade, so as to cut its vertical brackets, was succeeded via the cutting of port and starboard bent area using, also, a winch for the least approachable ones.

The blade has been gradually lowered towards the seabed, which has been totally cleaned up after the blade’s lifting and the vessel’s bottom detailed inspection. The final operation’s step was consisted of the patching of cracks, as a result of grounding, by welding of steel plates.