Oil Spill Cleaning – Part 2 – Calliste

Doug decided that Calliste is not going to Punggol… after our poor Eleanor suffered at the hands of very helpful and over eager staff at Keico Yacht Services. Look, they probably know how to handle good size boats… but Eleanor is too small for their equipment and much too delicate for their rough hands… Calliste would have been okay, me thinks… but hey, we dont want no risk! And the alkaline degreaser is definately not the right stuff for Callistes’ AWLgrip.

Callistes been playing in the mud

And since Marina Yacht Services is not available to take on the job for the next 2 months, that leaves us to do the cleaning ourselves.

Working on H/P Yakuni, cleaning S/V Calliste...

We found information by Awlgrip, to use T0016 thinner for cleaning off the oil. This stuff is expensive! S$38/quart! We bought 4 quarts. Plus, 4 dozen “Good morning” rags, box of surgical gloves, 4l jug of Simple Green.

Doug showing some sticky tar scrappings from the waterline

Here we go. Thats me, cleaning the most inconspicious spot on the hull 1st. We have to check if there be any damage to the 5yr Awlgrip paint and stop immediately if there is… okay, clear.

Its a tough job!

Its tough working on the water, especially at SAFYC Changi. Its so rolly and I got seasick after a while… still have to do it… bluh… and taking in fumes from the solvent… blurrhhh! … This could go on for hours! and it did…

Oh yes, we found that its better to work small areas at a time. 1st wipe the blackish oil with T0016, then clean it off with Simple Green before moving to another area.

Left- before, right - after.

But some stains remains after the cleaning. Calliste look much better though.. just dont look too closely… I suppose in this condition we will pass the inspection for Marina @ Keppel Bay, which is our next stop. Look, we have to clean her up somewhat to be presentable amongst those pretty new boats over at Keppel, otherwise we be thrown out… me thinks..

Just 2 days after cleaning... sheen at waterline

Only 2 days after cleaning, Calliste got the “sheen” again… but its the day of departure… well… definately not as bad as it was before… I think we’ll pass.. time will tell… 

I suppose you know this, but anyway, click on the pictures for bigger, clearer view.


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