Shipyard maintenance comes as a mixed blessing. It disrupts the daily routine of a ship while requiring long hours of work and the supervision of projects not normally performed by ship officers and crew. The rewards however, are numerous and the maintenance performed during overhauls is essential.
Few emotions compare to sailing from drydock on the slick bottom of fresh paint and the gentle hum of properly serviced engines.
For Masters like Captain Joseph of the Maersk Navarin, a 300,000 DWT VLCC, returning to sea is the reward for the hard work accomplished. For his sailors who have put in the hours of hard work in the shipyard, it’s (hopefully) a time to get some rest.