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Hydrex carries out more scrubber outlet repairs

Hydrex has recently carried out scrubber overboard pipe repairs in Belgium and the Netherlands, with, in both cases, the new pipework being coated with Ecospeed to prevent further corrosion.

Ready to Mobilize at Port of Rotterdam

To enable a fast mobilization throughout the entire Rotterdam port without delaying a ship’s commercials operations, Hydrex dive support vessels are stationed in Rotterdam.

Emergency grounding repair in Phuket

While a Hydrex diver/technician teams was performing an underwater bow thruster repair in Phuket, a cruise ship suffered grounding damage while on its way to this location.

Operations in Belgium and the Netherlands

The Hydrex headquarters is located in Antwerp and Rotterdam. The company’s fully equipped workboats allow them to mobilize immediately to operations in all ports in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Underwater stern tube seal repair in Tasmania

At the end of last year one of the Hydrex diver/technician teams carried out an underwater stern tube seal repair on a roro ship berthed in Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Buffed for Optimum Propeller Performance

Hydrex has developed a new way of maintaining ship propellers to achieve maximum propulsion efficiency. The propeller is kept in an smooth condition and large fuel savings are achieved

Underwater Thruster Removal in Rotterdam

Last month a Hydrex team removed a bow thruster from a 170-meter container ship during a stop in Rotterdam. The operation had to be carried out within a very short timeframe.

Underwater Thruster Removal in Rotterdam

The team mobilized to the ship’s location using one of our workboats loaded with all the needed equipment. These are stationed in Antwerp and Rotterdam and can be used for a wide range of operations.

Underwater stern tube seal repair in Tasmania

ydrex diver/technician teams carried out an underwater stern tube seal repair on a roro ship berthed in Port of Burnie, Tasmania. The ship was suffering from an oil leak.

Dry Cargo International November 2019

Hydrex teams recently carried out several rudder repairs on ships in Belgium and France. In all cases cracks were found that needed to be repaired to prevent them from spreading.

Underwater rudder operation in Dubai

Hydrex was contacted by the owner of a 193-meter roro ship to secure both rudders of the vessel. This would allow the OEM to safely perform repairs on the rudders.

Dredging & Port Construction Sep. 2019

Horrified by the levels of pollution and sediment contamination he saw when he started work as a commercial diver, Boud Van Rompay founded Hydrex in 1974 with the goal of clean rivers, seas, and oceans.

Hydrex: Stern Tube Seal Repairs

Recently Hydrex carried out six stern tube seal operations all across Europe in a very short time span. Here is a review of two of the repairs. Both repairs were carried out in cooperation with the OEM.

Approval for propeller cleaning method

In close communication with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Hydrex has developed a new method to clean propeller blades underwater.

Time is of the essence in bow thruster removal

Tight schedule that time is a critical factor in almost all repair jobs. This is particularly true for those conducted underwater, where the possibility of water ingress presents an extra challenge.

Mobdock enables fast transducer installation

Belgian underwater repair specialist Hydrex recently utilised its mobile drydock system, mobdock, to facilitate the installation of an echo sounder and speed log system in just one day.

Modifying Propellers to Meet Requirements

Hydrex says it is carrying out more modifications to a ship’s underwater areas and equipment in addition to the company’s more common damage rectification work.

SORJ August/September 2018

The transit flap of a 225-meter drill ship came loose and started swinging dangerously. This caused damage in the aft bulkhead and a leak in the ballast tank situated behind the moonpool hull.

Scrubbers leading to increased repairs

Hydrex said its technicians had recently carried out pipe replacements on 270m shuttle tankers where water that had scrubbed the exhaust gases corroded the pipework leading to water ingress.

Underwater Shaft Seal Repairs in Record Time

Hydrex has developed a flexible mobdock repair method that enables the underwater replacement of all types and sizes of shaft seals. It allows ship owners to keep their vessel sailing

Shiprepair & Mainte-nance 4th Quarter 2017

Hydrex’s underwater repairs keep vessels on schedule. Mobdock repairs demand speed and efficciency, as the Belgian company demonstrated with a recent cruiseship thruster refit.

Ship Repair Newsletter No 1681

Last month saw a flurry of activity for Hydrex dive teams, with a number of hull repair and shel plate projects in Europe and the United States. All repair projects were carried out afloat.

Marine Engineers Messenger, Issue 27

Keeping dry when the outlook is wet: Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ next generation Mobdock and cofferdam designs are changing the way in which thrusters are removed and repaired.

Ship & offshore October/November 2017

Hydrex, renowned for providing drydock-like conditions for repairing ships and offshore units, has provided details of a number of recent hull repair projects in Europe and the United States.

Ship & Offshore March 2017

A new and redesigned version of Mobdock, first introduced to the market by Hydrex Underwater Technologies in 2002, now enables permanent in-water rudder repairs to be carried out

Hydrex Averts Panama Canal Delay

Hydrex Underwater Technology has assisted an excavation vessel hemorrhaging oil from a stern tube seal entangled with steel wire to pass safely through the Panama Canal.

Maritime Executive Sep/Oct 2017

Boud Van Rompay, Founder & CEO, Hydrex and Subsea Industries. Diver, entrepeneur, inventor, author, Van Rompay sets the bar high. His goal? Clean rivers, seans and oceans.

Shiprepair & mainte-nance 1st Quarter 2017

The introduction of a new design of underwater habitat for rudder repairs can save shipowners thousands of dollars in emergency drydocking costs, according to Hydrex Underwater Technologies.

Propeller repairs incr-ease as winter comes

Hydrex has registered an increase in the number of vessels experiencing propeller damage. While winter months usually result in an increase, this normally occurs between January and March.

The complete underwater package

For 40 years Hydrex has pioneered many new underwater maintenance and repair technologies. We have always found ways to solve the problems our customers are faced with.

Marine News August 2016 MN100

Hydrex offers turnkey underwater repair solutions to shipowners wherever and whenever they are needed. Hydrex’s multidisciplinary team will help you find the best solution

Seatrade Cruise Review June 2016

Hydrex underwater technology has been carrying out repairs on cruise ship azipod thrusters around the world. Owing to tight schedules, the window for such operations is very small.

Ship Repair Newsletter No 1600

A 175m tanker suffered cavitation damage to the inside shell plating of one of its ballast tanks. Hydrex mobilized a team to Algeciras to perform a permanent insert repair.

Underwater Rudder Repair in Rotterdam

In the beginning of December a Hydrex diving team mobilized to a 170-meter container vessel with one of our workboats. The team installed a doubler plate over the cavitated area of the rudder.

Marine Maintenance October 2016

Stern tube seals and thrusters. Below the surface : Flexible underwater habitats are opening up a wide range of less costly in-service repair and maintenance options for operators.

Drydock Magazine September 2016

Recently a team of Hydrex divers performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190m container bulker berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged.

Ship Repair Newsletter No 1621

Recently, a team of Hydrex divers performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190 m container/bulk carrier berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged.

Seal renewal in tough underwater conditions

In April a Hydrex diver/technician team carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a container vessel in Tauranga, New Zealand. The ship was suffering from an oil leak.

Underwater Contractor International Jan/feb 16

In December 2015 a diving team from Hydrex, Belgium, mobilised to a 170-metre container vessel with one of its workboats. The team installed a doubler plate over the cavitated area of the rudder.

Hydrex Repairs Stern Seal in Record Time

Hydrex has completed the emergency stern tube seal repair to a 134m chemical tanker, after the Antwerp Port Authority demanded an underwater inspection and in-situ repair to the vessel.

The Value of Underwa-ter Inspections

Building upon conventional technical skills and know-how while also taking advantage of the latest technology, Hydrex offers a unique hull monitoring service to its customers.

Quick Propeller Repair Prevents Drydocking

Recently a team of Hydrex divers performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190-meter container bulker berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged.

Shiprepair and conversion technology

The Belgian underwater repair specialist, Hydrex, has undertaken work in Europe, Australia and South America in recent months, drawing heavily on technology developed by its research department

Daily Maritime Press Clippings 2016 - 033

In November a diver/technician team performed a successful propeller blade cropping operation on a 229-meter bulker under difficult weather circumstances while the vessel was in Punta Del Este.

Shipbillding Industry Issue 6, 2015

Hydrex offers turneky underwater repair and maintenance solutions to shipowners wherever and whenever they are needed. They have a large and multidisciplinary team.

Hydrex Fixes Stern Tube Seal in Australia

Hydrex carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 200-meter roro vessel in Port Kembla, Australia.The ship was suffering from an oil leak, making an on-site repair necessary.

Shiprepair and Conver-sion Technology 2015

Propeller maintenance: New techniques meet need for speed. Diver-technicians from Belgium-based Hydrex have recently carried out a variety of work to tight time scales.

Hull repair on drill ship in Gulf of Mexico

The transit flap of a 225-meter drill ship came loose and started swinging dangerously. This caused damage in the aft bulkhead and a leak in the ballast tank situated behind the moonpool hull.

Marine Propulsion February/March 2015

During 2014, for example, Hydrex replaced three leaking bow thruster shaft seals on a six-month-old 400m container ship in Gdansk, Poland, without causing any delay to the ship.

Underwater Thruster Installation on Schedule

Two and a half months after Hydrex removed the bow thruster of a 363-meter container vessel in Rotterdam, a Hydrex team once again mobilized to reinstall the overhauled unit underwater.

Permanent collision damage repair in Greece

In July Hydrex mobilized a team to Syros, Greece, for a complex repair operation on a 118-meter, 8550 DWT chemical tanker. The vessel had suffered large cracks in her hull plating as the result of a collision.

Underwater Rudder Crack Repair in Haifa

A Hydrex team traveled to Haifa, Israel to carry out a crack repair on the rudder of a 260-meter container vessel. The divers started the operation with an underwater inspection of the affected area.

Hydrex keeps vessels out of drydock

Belgian underwater service company, Hydrex, has successfully completed insert repairs on two vessels in Zeebrugge and Antwerp while all commercial activities continued without disruption.

Hull repairs: no drydock required

Hydrex offers fast on-site vessel repairs in emergency situations. Unlike many, however, they can perform the cost saving feat of repairs below the waterline with the vessel still afloat.

Hydrex Performs Dred-ger Underwater Repairs

Hydrex carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 157-meter dredger in Montevideo, Uruguay. The ship was suffering from an oil leak, making an onsite repair necessary.

Pile Buck 2014 Volume 30 Issue 2

Last month a Hydrex carried out under-water stern tube seal repairs on a 110-meter offshore supply vessel in Bunbury, Australia. The rope guard covering the stern tube seal assembly was missing.

Collision damage repair at Neorion Shipyards

In July Hydrex mobilized a team to Syros, Greece, for a complex repair operation on a 118-meter, 8550 DWT chemical tanker. The vessel had suffered large cracks in her hull plating as the result of a collision.​

Underwater blade repla-cement keeps schedule

In April, underwater repair company Hydrex carried out bow thruster blade replacements on a 270m container ship in Barcelona. This enabled the owner to have a condition of class removed.

Propeller Repairs in Extreme Conditions

When damage to propellers occurs due to impact with ice and other debris, Hydrex will help, even if the damage is quite ex-tensive. In Antwerp, Ventspils and Kiel Hydrex carried out underwater repairs.

Hydrex Reinstalls Thruster Seals

Hydrex replaced the three leaking bow thruster shaft seals of a 400-meter container ship in Poland. The operation was performed on-site and underwater using the company’s flexible mobdocks.

Emergency Rudder Repair in Scotland

Hydrex mobilized a diver/technician team to carry out the rudder repair in Ullapool, Scotland. Shortly after a 101-meter ferry left drydock, its rudder started showing wrong readings.

Hydrex work together with Wärtsilä

A sealreplacement was carried out in close cooperation with the Seals and Bearings Services division of Wärtsilä Netherlands B.V. The owner could sail his vessel free of water ingress without drydocking.

Hydrex Founder Speaks about Seal Repairs

Hydrex was established in Antwerp in 1974 by Boud Van Rompay. Since then it has steadily grown into a company the shipping and offshore industry can depend upon.

Don't Forget the Diver: Avoid Drydock Repairs

Hydrex underwater repair solutions can be done wherever and whenever they are needed. Hydrex will immediately mobilize to carry out necessary repair work without the need to drydock.

SORJ February/March 2013

In recent months Hydrex has carried out bow thruster blade replacements on several occasions in Rotterdam. Three 366m container ships were given the same speedy treatment.

Doubler plate repair on bulker after collision

A bulker suffered severe collision damage in Lagos, Nigeria. The classification society demanded that the vessel go to drydock immediately unless an on-site solution was found.

Quick underwater seal repair in Port Gentil

In August, the stern tube seals of a 67-meter, 2223 grt anchor handling vessel were replaced in Port Gentil by a Hydrex team. The old seals were damaged and a fast repair was therefore necessary.

New mobdock used in Port Everglades

In February Hydrex diver/technician teams carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 139-meter container vessel in Port Everglades, Florida, close to the company’s office in Clearwater.

Stern Tube Seal Repairs in US and Panama

Recently Hydrex diver/technician teams carried out two underwater stern tube seal repairs: one on a 143-meter general cargo ship in Galveston, Texas, and one on a 292-meter container vessel in Panama.

Dry Cargo International October 2013

Hydrex offers underwater repair and maintenance solutions to shipowners. The company helps its clients find the best solution for any problem encountered with their ships below the water line.

Tug & OSV May/June 2013

A Hydrex diver and technician team, utilising the company’s new workboats obtained in December last year, removed the bow thruster of a 300m container vessel in Rotterdam.

Azimuth thruster repla- cement on Crane Barge

On several occasions Hydrex teams have mobilized to an offshore crane barge stationed at its service base in Gabon to replace one of the vessel’s swing-up azimuth thrusters with a spare.

Turnkey Underwater Repair Solutions

Hydrex offers underwater repair solutions to offshore related units. Hydrex’s will help you find the best solution for any problem encountered with your vessel or offshore unit below the water line

Underwater Thruster Repair & Maintenance

An entire unit can be overhauled, propeller blades or seals can be replaced or repair work on a specific part of a thruster can be performed fast by Hydrex diver/technicians on site.

Welding Journal March 2012

Undertaking a complex underwater repair: A damaged freighter needed repairs to stop a leak, prevent buckling and keep cracks from spreading so the ship could sail to where she could unload.

Marine Maintenance Launch issue

Save the day: The insertion of a complete, prefabricated replacement hull section in a badly damaged ship at anchor is believed to be a world-first in underwater repair.

Shiprepair & Conversion Technology

In a period of only 10 days Hydrex diver-technician teams recently flew across the globe to perform a wide range of underwater operations on five different continents.

Ship & offshore June 2012

A ship's propeller represents only a ver small fraction of the vessel's wetted surface area. Yet the effects of a rough propeller on the vessel's fuel consumption are large.

Marine Engineers Review April 2012

Around the world the Belgian specialist Hydrex has carried out repairs and replacements on all types of seals in-situ, and in most cases underwater, for a number of years.

Marine Propulsion February/March 2012

Hydrex markets solutions that enable stern tube seal work to be carried out without having to drydock. In a recent example, a sterntube oil leak had devel-oped on a cargo vessel located in Mobile.

Ship and offshore repair journal June/July 2012

World-wide activities at Hydrex. The services offered ranged from routine inspections and maintenance work all the way through to highly technical major repairs.

Propeller Blades Repaired Underwater

Hydrex straightened the propeller blades of a large container ship moored off Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. With all five blades of its propeller severely bent, a fast, on-site solution was needed.

Shipping World & Shipbuilder March 2012

In-situ repairs of seals help owners extend their vessels’ drydock interval and eliminate loss of time and production. One company that has carved a niche in this particular business is Hydrex.

Tug & OSV January/February 2012

The complexity of coordinating and overseeing a major salvage operation and bringing it to a successful conclusion under demanding circumstances is no mean feat.