Storm-tossed trawler: Hurricane Michael capsizes new factory trawler North Star

That’s not gonna buff out there…

I just saw this myself…somebody obviously didn’t secure the vessel properly for a hurricane

the good news is that she should right pretty easily and fixing the damage should be fairly quick to do

btw, here is a photo of Eastern’s Nelson Street yard post Michael

here is a photo of the Allanton yard

definitely lots of significant damage at each yard

assuming no water damage because water tight doors?

Oh,I cam well imagine there is significant flooding in most every compartment submerged

Wow, the shipyard looks pretty F’d up. Hopefully, those guys can get back to building boats quickly. A lot of good workers there, enjoyed working with them. I saw that trawler when my dredge was getting finished up there, looked pretty nice.

ST-115 design. Full specs here:

With the vessel not yet complete and the speed the storm came up, I doubt they had time to move the cables and hoses to get any watertight doors closed.

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An absolute disaster for the owners. Lost fishing time!

Some systems will need to be replaced. Joiner work, insulation, wiring, etc.

Instead of getting a new boat, the owners are going to be getting a wreck that has been rebuilt. They should demand at least a 50% discount on the price.

Most likely the majority of the factory, except the purely mechanical and stainless steel parts. Lot of electronics involved.

The owner should probably just refuse to accept it, and go build another. The yard and insurance company is unlikely to pay to fix it properly or promptly. Even then, it won’t be a new boat.

assuming no water damage, I was replying to your original comment that it should be pretty quick to right and repair, but I missed the sarcasm, I was thinking the exact same, the submerged portions are due to have significant water damage. I have first hand knowledge that cables and hoses and ventilation and hence the reason for the vessel taking on so much water.

The only way to go forward on something that damaged is strip it back to bare metal and start over new. Similar to what Seacor did with the Kieth Cowan when it burned up at Bender. They even went further and just kept the hull and built a new house as the fire damage was so bad.

I disagree that this one will require such draconian measures to repair. the percentage of the ship that is submerged is not more than 20 and if the main machinery didn’t go underwater then it will not take long for the yard to put it all to rights. I say two months to repair the damage…remember that Eastern in a good yard that can make it all right in the end.

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Part of the pilothouse, accommodations, engineroom, factory, freezer hold, etc., submerged in silty brackish water that probably contains sewage, bio-materials, snakes, alligators, fire ants and bugs of kinds, in hot humid weather? Lots of sensitive electronics, such as the auto trawl system. Baader machines full of silty water. It can be fixed, but it’s not a small job, and it will never be the new boat the owner rightfully expected.

I believe there’s a bit of blind panic being espoused here. If you see the photos taken all around the vessel you would see the starboard side wheelhouse windows right at the water but not beneath it. It is also quite possible none of the process line is even in the ship. I would not be surprised if the owners were not planning to do that themselves after she arrived in Seattle.

Fixing jointery is easy as would be the holds. It is the machinery spaces where the greatest potential damage would be especially with switchgear.

Didn’t Holland come up with the answer for drying out flooded switch gear, after his submarine sank at the pier? Just hook the battery up and wait. :wink:

I’m sure that was in a book I read about the Holland boats a long time ago. I’m not sure I believe it.

My dad had a story about hooking up shore power to one of the diesel boats without matching the phasing first. He said the whole boat rang like a bell.

He’ll back then switchgear consisted of nothing more that knife switches. Not much to dry out but today everything is processor controlled. If any of the new switchgear got submerged it is toast.

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I believe that methods for restoring equipment that has been submerged for a relatively short time has also improved, but a lot depends on degree and duration of flooding.
Silty water make cleaning and drying harder, as does the level of pollution with corrosives.

There are examples of modern vessels that have been submerge and been restored fairly rapidly, without me being able to document the methods used, or the duration at the moment.