Repairs and Alterations
CRN’s Net Repair Service encompasses a complete range of operations usually completed for every net that we do. Prior to commencing actual repairs each net is Evaluated for mesh strength. The mesh strength is measured in accordance to the “Aquaculture Regulations” using an approved mesh strength testing device where several “Breaks” are made throughout different prescribed areas of the net and averages are taken and recorded.
The overall strength must fall within the minimum required or the net would be scrapped at that point. If it passes, the repair process can proceed and the evaluation will continue as well. The remainder of the evaluation involves recording the overall dimensions of the net as well as noting any other special features, the number of holes and descriptions of the damage found and the work done to that net. Repairs are affected in such a way as to bring the net back to its original specs or as close to this as the customer requires. Overall shrinkage is common but depending on that nets future use an existing shrunk dimension may be fine or they may want “wedges” installed to bring the overall size back to where it was when it was first built. All of this info is recorded and saved onto a hard copy Service Report which is archived on site and can be emailed to the client so this record is available at the farm site where this net is to be used as per the Aquaculture Regulations.
Handling the sometimes Very Large nets that are used on the farms is a job made much quicker and easier by the help of any of our large or small forklifts all equipped with hydraulically driven Net Drums.
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These Engineer Certified, Worksafe BC Approved attachments greatly reduce the handling time and additional damage that can sometimes be caused by the use of forks alone. Our staff as well are spared the strain of having to pull these massive nets around by hand.
After repairs have been completed the nets are spooled up and bundled in a way that makes them simple to deploy once on site and relatively easy to transport in order to get them there. Having a large drum for this job saves additional wear on the nets and overall time for the repairs which ultimately saves our customers money.
We have large bags available for packaging and transport of large nets.