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Drydock in a Drydock

April 24, 2009

 A floating drydock in Drydock #1

A floating drydock in Drydock #1

We have an active ship repair yard for a neighbor. In this photo there is a floating drydock (ARDM) being worked on in Drydock #1. Floating drydocks are vessels that have a U-shape and buoyancy chambers that can be flooded or pumped out to lower or raise the vessel. When submerged ships and other craft can be positioned so that when the drydock is pumped out the ship rises and can be worked on in the dry. In the ground drydocks are also called graving docks. A movable caisson is used to close off the flooded drydock so it can be pumped out.

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