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Drydocks World completes repairs to pirate-attack container ship

Drydocks World completes repairs to pirate-attack container ship

Dubai: Drydocks World has completed a major repair job on 925 teu containership Taipan for its German owner Komrowski Befrachtungskontor KG (GmbH & Co) after the vessel extensively damaged by Somali pirates earlier this year.

The work was carried out by Drydocks World's Afloat Repair Unit at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai in less than five weeks between 12 April and 15 May. It involved the meticulous repair of almost 300 bullet holes and cabling in 80 spots along the 140m length by process of fairing and building up, then grinding flush from both sides. Smashed tempered window glass was fully replaced, including 18 full panels in the wheelhouse. Bulkheads and parts of the ceiling and doors were renewed to high specifications.

The vessel was rescued and secured by Dutch naval forces within three hours of its attack and seizure by Somali pirates recently, was also fitted with surrounding anti-piracy razor wire at the instruction of the owner.  [18/06/10]