KVAERNER Eureka has boosted its worldwide servicing, spare parts and maintenance network to include Gibraltar. The Gibraltar branch office, which will be headed by Mr Endre Lystand, will be involved mainly in providing service and maintenance of systems for gas tankers, reefer compressors and all types of pumps. But the branch has the capability to handle the complete range of Kvaerner Eureka marine equipment. Although completely autonomous from the Kvaerner Gibraltar repair yard, the Gibraltar service station is expected to provide complementary services. Kvaerner Eureka's service stations are located at important sites on the world's major shipping routes. All stations are capable of mobilising and moving to other ports. A good example of this was the recent major repair undertaken by Kvaerner Ships Equipment AB of Gothenburg, the Swedish member of the Kvaerner Eureka family, in October. The B&I passenger ferry Isle of Innisfree, on the company's Holyhead (UK)-Dublin (Eire) service, was in urgent need of replacement of both the hinge arms of the bow doors. Normally, the two new hinge arms would take about six weeks to fabricate, but time was short as the vessel could not be taken out of service without seriously affecting the operations of B&I's Holyhead-Dublin run. It was an extremely complicated job to prefabricate the new hinge arms (3m long, 1.5m high and 400mm wide, each weighing around 700kg) in a very short leadtime, as the narrow tolerances required precise engineering. However, Kvaerner Ships Equipment AB accomplished this task in two weeks. A three-man riding squad left Gothenburg on October 26, arriving on board Isle of Innisfree the following day. For the next week and a half the Kvaerner riding squad replaced the hinge arms without interrupting the vessel's sailing schedule of two round-trips a day. The work carried out on board the ferry involved the dismantling of the existing hinge arms, mounting of the new units and a certain amount of welding work - all of which was carried out in a very confined space. in shifts of a minimum of 10 hours.