The Yavari is currently tied up in Puno Port, thanks to Ferrocarril Transandino S.A., alongside her sister ship, BAP Puno (formerly the Yapura) and ahead of the SS Olleanta.
Welders are hard at work cutting to size and installing two steel bulkheads in the hold. Because welding steel to a riveted iron hull is extremely difficult and would damage the fabric of the original iron we are extremely grateful to Naval Architect Ian Biles for coming out from the UK to assist with designing a method of connection that does not involve direct welding to the hull.
Meanwhile the hold is being measured, cleaned and prepared for the bilges to be lined with gratings before the ballast of sand in bag is replaced. Preparations are also being made to install a new wooden deck and access ladders.
It was a pleasure to welcome the Puno Port Captain Cmdte Juan Jose Gonzales aboard for his first inspection.
More to follow as we progress.