Priming the hull

The ship has received a fresh look over the weekend as contractors gave the hull a quick wash off before applying the first coat of paint to the bottom for probably nearly forty years. This paint is a 'holding' primer to slow down rust while the steelworks take place, but can be welded through, so there is no need for the steelwork contracotrs to remove paint before fastening on new plates.

Steelworks have started, but are expected to take a number of weeks and once this has completed, the painters will come back to apply more primer and the top coats.