Lay-Up Process

Plan, Prepare & Preserve

Prior to a vessel arriving, we start the lay-up process. This is fully in keeping with our motto of ‘Plan, Prepare and Preserve’.

Planning for an arriving vessel helps eliminate costly mistakes which can extend a lay-up.

freight ships awaiting lay-up by Singapore anchorage

To help control the lay-up process, planning is essential. Vital information needs to be communicated. Expectations need to be aligned. Equipment needs to be ordered and service providers put in place.

The following overview gives an idea of the thoroughness of our planning process:


Lay-up step by step

Scope of agreement
  • Determine areas to be dehumidified.
  • Agree who is responsible for delivery of standard services.
  • Request additional services, such as anodes or mooring blocks.
  • Decide whether the vessel will be laid-up at the anchorage, or alongside a wharf.
  • Agree on a demobilisation plan, based upon services required.
  • Agree on pricing.
  • Sign a contract
Pre-arrival checklists
  • Write operating procedures for equipment.
  • Supply certificates and drawings.
  • Complete and return all checklists.
  • Clean and prepare in readiness for arrival.
  • Sound tanks, then sign for Remains on Board.
  • Mobilise equipment for the vessel.
  • Set up for watchmen to live aboard.
  • Begin demobilisation of crew.
  • Transport equipment from vessel as required.
  • Remove rubbish and combustibles.
  • Install lay-up generator, and put vessel in dead ship mode.
  • Shut down systems systematically for preservation.
  • Start blanking spaces to be dehumidified.
  • Clean areas and stow equipment, if a cold lay-up.
  • Divers blank hull penetrations.
  • Fit suspended anodes as required.
  • Fit dehumidifier trunking, and start machines.
  • Monitor spaces to ensure fast pull-down of humidity.
  • Write routine maintenance procedures, if a cold lay-up.
  • Write and submit lay-up report.
  • Write reactivation plan.
Lay-up routines
  • Commence maintenance routines and inspections.
  • Submit daily logs and monthly reports to client.
  • Note and report defects.
  • Watchmen begin 24/7 coverage to our Emergency Response Base.
  • Inspect underwater every six months.
  • Do additional maintenance and repairs as requested.
  • Bring vessel alongside a wharf if required.
  • Remove equipment used during lay-up.
  • Divers de-blank and photograph seawater chests.
  • Reactivate systems.
  • Reprovision vessel.
  • Arrange service agents, and attend vessel as required.
  • Update certificates and restart class-maintenance.
  • Tow vessel to dry-dock if requested.


The end result? A seamless vessel lay-up.