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On March 3rd 2022, Scottish Skipper Expo exhibitor, Mooney Boats Ltd, dry docked the Scottish fish transporter MV “Viking Saga” at the DAFM Syncrolift facility in Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland. The Viking Saga is owned and operated by Aquaship, a company formed in 2018 following a merger between GripShip AS and Johnson Marine Ltd. Ahead of a six-month deployment to Canada, Mooney Boats Ltd was tasked with performing essential maintenance and refurbishment works on the Viking Saga.

Mooney Boats Ltd is uniquely placed on the north-west Coast of Ireland to not only undertake new building projects and dry-docking but a wide variety of other work in-house, such as electrical, carpentry, welding, fabrication, engine installations, hydraulics, and painting, and have the facilities on-site to accommodate specialist work from outside contractors should it also be required.

One of the key jobs on the Viking Saga was changing her colour scheme so the vessel was entirely water blasted and prepared for a fresh coat of paint. While being washed and painted, anodes were inspected and replaced as required and an ultrasonic hull inspection was undertaken. All shipside valves were inspected, serviced and replaced as required. Engineers removed the rudder, took clearances and replaced bushings as required, while the prop shaft was removed, all seals changed and a magnetic particle inspection was performed. The prop hub was stripped, serviced and rebuilt and bow and stern thruster pipes were also replaced.

Inside, carpenters fitted new bunk panels and TVs in the cabins while a new flatscreen TV was installed in the galley and broken seals were repaired on the wheelhouse searchlights that had caused a leak.

The Viking Saga is the 10th drydocking which has been completed for Aquaship (formerly Johnson Marine) and they have their 11th vessel due at the yard in May of 2022, which firmly establishes Mooney Boats Ltd as a boatyard that can accommodate a massive variety of different types of work on vessels.