2016 March 17 10:19
The Emma Mærsk, one of Maersk Line’s longest container vessels, has recently departed from Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) following drydock services, a Special Survey and maintenance works. DSBr, located in Brest, Northern France, is conveniently positioned along Emma Mærsk’s regular voyage between Northern Europe and the Far East via the English Channel and the Suez Canal, the company said in its press release.
Damen’s location in Brest is one of the few yards in the Northern European region that has drydocks with dimensions sufficiently large to accommodate ships the enormous size of Emma Maersk. Mærsk Line is one of the leading shipping companies in the world, serving customers all over the globe. With large drydock facilities in the ports of Brest, Dunkerque and Rotterdam, Damen can accommodate Maersk Line’s largest vessels, and similar, large container vessels operated by other vessel operators.
The larger container turn-around terminals in Northern Europe, the ports of Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven, are all a very short nautical distance from Brest, which lies at the entrance to the English Channel. Its largest dry dock, measuring 420 metres in length, 80 metres in breadth and with ample water depth above the blocks, allows the shipyard to drydock containerships on their westbound or eastbound routes.
The Emma Mærsk completed her second Special Survey plus assorted maintenance works at the shipyard, including the removal and subsequent refit of the propeller, which is amongst the heaviest in the world. Other works included the inspection of the boiler valves, ship side valves, inspection of the anchor and chains, and a complete wash down of the antifouling area, a total of 24,850 m², the equivalent of more than three football pitches.