Damage repairs to the walcon wizard completed in 3 weeks

In January this year the piling vessel Walcon Wizard was in collision whilst under tow in the English Channel.

Rickmers Dubai’, a Liberian-registered cargo ship, heading towards Genoa in Italy, passed between the tug and the Walcon Wizard about nine miles off the coast at Dungeness in Kent. Whilst no one was injured in the incident, the vessel sustained considerable damage to the wheelhouse and lower store.

Southampton Marine Services were successful in securing the contract with Walcon Marine Limited to build and fit a new wheelhouse.

Working with Walcon’s representative, the new wheelhouse was designed in-house and constructed in SMS’s covered workshop.

On the vessel’s arrival considerable work was required to remove the damaged steel work and make good the damaged areas, before the new wheelhouse unit could be lowered into position and welded in place.

A new access ladder was also made and fitted, whilst the main engine exhaust pipes were re-routed to allow improved access behind the lower store to the wheelhouse stairway.

The vessel was towed to SMS’s Ocean Quay berth arriving at the end of April and was completed on time, sailing on the 27th May under her own power.

Bob Gray, Managing Director: “Southampton Marine Services Ltd prides itself on the quality of its vessel and ship repairs. With a completely integrated design and fabrication team we not only minimised downtime for the Walcon Wizard but also improved on the previous layout – and had her on her way in just three weeks.”



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You should be very proud of all that you do, it is wonderful.
Classic Yacht Owner
Many thanks for your rapid work today; we are back in action again
Chief Engineer, Solent Ship Operator
Please pass on my thanks and also the thanks from my Chief Executive and Operations Director, the support of the SMS team is very much appreciated
Head of Engineering, Solent Ferry Operator
Many thanks for your teams hard graft, the work was completed and as always I am extremely happy with the quality
Colour Sergeant, Royal Marines HM Naval Base Devonport
Thank the welders, the work that they produced was to the highest standard and were great to work with
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