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MV Ma Lisha enters Drydock One Year after Delivery

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After one year of successful operation, the MV Ma Lisha will enter drydock for a period of three (3) weeks from Monday May 13, 2024 to complete the administrative process of “Guarantee Slipping”, so that the vessel can exit its defects liability period and the retained sum can be paid to its builders. This routine process is a part of the Ministry of Public Work’s contractual agreement with the Garden Reach Shipbuilders Engineers Ltd (GRSE).

Vessel “Slipping” involves lifting the ship from the sea along special rails, and then moving it to a location where its surfaces can be viewed from various angles. 

According to the contract entered into with the Transport and Harbours Department and the GRSE: Guarantee Slipping allows for all materials and fittings and all equipment upon the vessel to be fully inspected and checked and for any issue that may have arisen during the first year of operation to be rectified. This is to be completed at a date and place to be appointed by the Project Manager, which shall be on or about the expiry of 12 months after the date of the Acceptance Certificate in respect of that Vessel.  

Thus, as the MV Ma Lisha has crossed its one-year operation mark, this 3-week period has been allocated to Guarantee Slipping.

The scope of the services to be carried out as part of Guarantee Slipping include but are not limited to:

Renewal of the lubricating oil and replacement of the filters for the main engines and gearboxes as per the manufacturer’s recommendations;  

Cleaning of all the engine air filters and changing the filter elements as necessary; 

Cleaning the coolers of the engines and renewing all zinc anodes if provided; 

Checking all the engines’ belts and adjusting if necessary; 

Checking tappet clearances for the inlet and exhaust valves, ignition timing and idle speed and adjusting if necessary; 

Conducting function tests for the engines’ protection system and their associated sensors, gauges and other measuring devices; and 

Any other work required or recommended by the engine manufacturer. 

The cost of the Guarantee Slipping is being borne by the GRSE and the works are being carried out at the Guyana Port Inc. located at Supply, East Bank Demerara.  A team from GRSE led by Commander Kartic, the Project Manager, is in charge of coordinating the activities.  The MV Ma Lisha will resume full service at the end of this administrative period. In the interim, the MV Kimbia will ply the Georgetown to Kumaka route.

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