HMS Lancaster

Date: August 2016

Customer: BAE

Location: Portsmouth Royal Dockyard


HMS Lancaster was entering a layup period in Portsmouth prior to being shipped to Plymouth for refurbishment. The front part of the ship was to have dehumidified equipment (DHE) installed.

1) The Task

BAE approached HITEK-nology Solutions Ltd (HSL) to provide a solution that would result in various equipment and electrical junction boxes on the outer deck, as well as a large number of internal rooms and equipment within those rooms being protected from corrosion.

2) Products Used

  • VpCI 101
  • VpCI 105 Emitters
  • VpCI 126 Bags
  • VpCI 132 Foam
  • VpCI 137 Foam
  • VpCI 369D
  • VpCI 369 Aerosol
  • VpCI 389D
  • VpCI 415
  • VpCI Super Penetrant
  • VpCI MilCorr Shrink film

3) The Solution

The internal volumes of the rooms were protected using VpCI 137 foam and various equipment within the rooms were treated with VpCI 369 aerosol for both protection and lubrication, in some instances parts were stiff or seized, these were treated with Super Penetrant. Various external electric boxes were treated with VpCI 101 and 105 emitters. A number of outer deck equipments were treated with VpCI 132 foam and wrapped using VpCI MilCorr shrink film which was then heat shrunk into place. VpCI Super Penetrant was also used on some seized hinges. The Caley Davits, and RAS winch motors were treated with VpCI 369. Various exposed electrical cable ends on the outer deck and in the inner rooms were protected using VpCI 126 bags Finally covered outer deck walkways were cleaned with VpCI 415 and treated with VpCI 389D.

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