Jet Aire’s crew navigates complex naval project

An industrial tank cleaning contract involving two Royal Navy ships at Teesport in Middlesbrough demonstrated Jet Aire’s ability to navigate complex and technically challenging projects in marine environments.

Jet Aire’s crew of specialist engineers worked on behalf of UK Docks at their Teesside ship repair facility to clean subdeck sewage tanks on the dry-docked patrol ship, HMS Protector, and three sewage tanks on HMS Echo, the Ministry of Defence multi-role hydrographic survey ship which was docked in the River Tees for her bi-annual maintenance period. Our team also pumped out four other tanks to enable repair work to be carried out safely and efficiently.

The two-week project involved a high level of risk requiring specialist skills and experience to manage the tasks. The structural complexity of the tanks prevented remote operation, so hazardous confined space entry was carried out to ensure that the tanks were fully cleaned and gas-free in preparation for inspection by Lloyds Register Tank Container Certification Services. Jet Aire scoped, planned, delivered bespoke safe systems of work as part of a turnkey operation.

The demanding nature of the work was further complicated by an unusual working environment: the quayside location required Jet Aire to transport over 100 metres of pipes and associated equipment through the corridors of the ships to the tanks below deck. We are pleased to report that Jet Aire overcame the various challenges to oversee a successful course of action, from set-up to completion.

Valued at £40,000, Jet Aire’s contract formed part of a refit programme managed by UK Docks, a leading specialist in dry docks, afloat repair berths and boat repair facilities. Operating a string of ship repair yards around England’s coast, the company provides vessel repair, construction, conversion and engineering services to the marine, offshore and defence sector throughout the world. Having completed our project on time and within budget, Jet Aire will return to Teesport later this year to carry out further industrial cleaning and maintenance work for UK Docks.

Almost 90 metres in length, HMS Echo is one of two Echo-class vessels tasked with carrying out a wide range of survey missions across the world, including supporting submarine and amphibious operations. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s only Ice Patrol Ship, deployed in the freezing waters of Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere. Both ships have a total displacement of 5,000 tonnes.