Right, a synchrolift has no sides like a floating dock, although with this particular synchrolift you can see the various cable cabins. When was your photo taken?
I took mine end March 2004. This vessel has a docking cycle of 3 years as far as I know, except for emergencies of course.
Did you notice the apron in your photo is blue and in my photo green (freshly painted).
If you can find when the Aurora Australis had her first engine room fire, it was about November of that year. As the Polar Bird ex Icebird delivered Locomotives to Bell Bay before coming to Hobart to cover a voyage for the Aurora, I went up to Launceston to see the Locos and fortuanatley teh Lastrolabe was still high and dry. 3 Years, I was up there last year about September and she was high and dry and also October 2004 and she was high and dry, so they must be doing work on her every winter now
I remember the engine fire and also remember the accident of the Aurora Australis whilst docking at ADI in Sydney whereby the chief or first engineer got killed.
One of our guys just had spoken with him, went back to the hotel, heard a big bang, saw smoke, went back to the ship and confronted the mess on the drydock floor.
I do not remember the dates, I would think around 1997 or so.
Regarding this vessel, it is quite unusual to dock her that often, so they must have had modifications or experiencing problems of some kind.
Thanks for your information.
Don't know, I can understand her coming back down to Hobart with a fresh coat of paint above the water, but apart from observations up in Launceston that I can tell she has been out of the water is below the water line is freshly painted also. They are not laying her up in Hobart during the winter anymore they are laying her up there at the synchrolift, another posibility is that she has substanial amount of hull damage and they are fix a bit each winter?