Monday, December 16, 2013

HS Beethoven (again) icky, srticky, mess

I hear that HS Beethoven is likely to be in Halifax for a long time. Currently there are containers still in the ships hold, coated in heavy fuel oil, and unreachable by the container crane spreader. Riggers have been making up special lashings to allow the crane to raise the containers above the deck where they are cleaned before unloading. There is still bunker oil sloshing around in the lower reaches of the hold.
Over the weekend, in some very cold weather, the hatch was closed and heaters put in place to keep the mess in a more or less liquid state.
There will continue to be a lot of pumping and cleaning before actual repairs can begin.


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