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Jun 24 - High and Dry

Position Report for 1100UTC, Sunday 24th June 2007:

The JCR is on the blocks in Dock 15, Her Majesty's Naval Base, Portsmouth


The James Clark Ross remains high and dry on the blocks in Portsmouth. This past week has been a busy one, with all manner of refit related tasks being undertaken. Refit is never an easy period, with much happening and often at the same time. Having enjoyed good weather for the first part of the drydock period, the end of this week has been a little on the wet side, not helping with the painting!

The hull has been give a new coat of red paint (with various undercoats where required) and painting is being carried out around the ship. All the alleyways and stairways are covered in a protective sheeting in order to allow easy access within the accommodation without the need to remove working boots. Under normal operating conditions outdoor boots are not allowed to be worn inside the accommodation as they tend to mark the carpets easily.

Drydock work is nearing completion and it is hoped to 'flood-up' on Monday 25th. However, once afloat again there remains much work to be completed.
Engine parts waiting to be refitted - Thumb
The ship is fitted with four engines, two small and two large. A large engine can produce 3.1 MW, a small engine 1 MW. Each year one small and one large engine is overhauled, which involves stripping it down completely, checking the wear and tolerances on the individual parts, and then replacing what is worn and building them back up again.

Engine parts waiting to be refitted - Thumb
Engine parts waiting to be refitted.

Looking inside one of the engines - Thumb
Looking inside one of the engines.

One of the larger projects involves a lot of work in the Machinery Control Room, and here is the view last week.
One of the larger projects involves a lot of work in the Machinery Control Room, and here is the view last week.

The ship will remain in Portsmouth until 2nd August when it will sail for sea trials, followed by a short visit to Cork. From Cork we sail north for the Arctic and Baffin Bay.