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On this page you can find articles about Hydrex published on websites and in trade magazines.

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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

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.

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.

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.