Boat & Ship Repairs
Whatever the state of your vessels, we can help.
TWM has a background in vessel marine maintenance, from the smallest pontoons to the biggest ships, and everything in between.
We are ideally situated to carry out repairs on the Tyne in particular as our fabrication workshop is only two minutes drive from the main bulk terminal in the Port of Tyne and five minutes to the cruise terminal by river via one of our workboats. We can access anywhere on the River Tyne in less than 15 minutes.
Any size vessel that enters the Port can be repaired by our Team as damage often occurs during offloading. Whether you are after a hull repair or a recovery operation contact us to see how we can help out.
Examples of previous projects include:
- General hull repairs
- Shell plate damage
- Deck, hatches, ladders and pipework repairs
- Annual inspections and maintenance of ferries
- Repair of a powered barge
- Salvage of Grenna Star
- Repair of Tyne Tunnel Barge
- Repair of bow doors
Repair Of The James Leathart
This was a 1957 30 mtr Powered Barge that worked up and down the Tyne for many years then became a houseboat around the late 80’s. The barge was tied up for some 27 years and gradually over the years became virtually landlocked as it became stuck in the river bed silt. It could only be moved a couple of times in the year when the tide was right, even then with difficulty.
TWM were commissioned to refurbish the vessel including moving the boat from its ‘stuck state’. After some creative marine problem solving involving waiting for the tide to be at its highest to assist in the move, a pontoon was flooded with water enabling it to be ballasted down.
The vessel was then maneuvered over the sunken pontoon where the ballast was blown expelling the air. Enabling the pontoon to become a floating drydock the then lifted 70 tonne vessel was transported from Dunston to a site for shot blasting and then to TWM’s base in Tyne Dock basin for major refurbishment where 95% of the underwater hull has been replaced.
Salvage Of The Grenaa Star
The Grenaa Star suffered serious hull damage after a collision with the North Pier. It was then beached to prevent a total loss.
Working from one of our multi-purpose work boats, “Pushy”, we salvaged the vessel by filling the flooded bow accommodation with large air-filled lifting bags and pumped out the engine room and hold with our large capacity salvage pumps. When the vessel was righted, we were able to keep on top of the incoming water with large submersible pumps. The vessel was then moved back to our base at Tyne Dock where we removed all of the fuel.
Hull Repair Of Ship Sitting On A Pile
Punctured ballast tank due to sitting on a submerged pile
After carrying out a ROV inspection on a cable laying multi-role vessel we found the bottom of the vessel had a 400 x 200 gash just inboard of the bilge keel and forward of the engine room.
Our dive team put a temporary patch to the outside of the vessel so the water could be pumped out of the ballast tank so structural repairs on the inside could be carried out by our confined access trained work team.
The repair was so good that the insurance company dealing with the claim was happy to let the vessel continue on its journey to the next port of call in Spain for drydock.