Lay-Up Process

Plan, Prepare & Preserve

Before a vessel arrives, we start the lay-up process. Our motto is ‘Plan, Prepare and Preserve’.

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

Planning is essential to help control the lay-up process. Vital information needs to be communicated, and expectations need to be managed. 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 on who is responsible for the delivery of standard services.
  • Request additional services, such as anodes or mooring blocks.
  • Decide whether the vessel goes to lay up at an anchorage or alongside a wharf.
  • Agree on a demobilisation plan based on 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 guards to live aboard.
  • Begin demobilisation of the crew.
  • Transport equipment to the 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 there is a cold lay-up.
  • Divers are blanking hull penetrations.
  • Fit suspended anodes as required.
  • Fit dehumidifier trunking and start up the 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 a reactivation plan.
Lay-up routines
  • Commence maintenance routines and inspections.
  • Submit daily logs and monthly reports to the client.
  • Note and report defects.
  • Watchmen begins 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.
  • The divers remove blanks and photograph seawater chests.
  • Reactivate systems.
  • Reprovision vessel.
  • Arrange service agents, and attend vessel as required.
  • Update class certificates
  • Restart class maintenance.
  • Tow vessel to dry-dock if requested.


The result? A seamless vessel lay-up.