Underwater Repairs to Prevent Dry-dockings

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Wärtsilä’s divers are helping operators to avoid unplanned dry-dockings by completing repairs such as propulsion overhaul, hull cleaning and propeller polishing underwater.

The retrofitting of some components of exhaust gas cleaning system and even complex overhauls can also be carried out underwater, changing the nature of vessel repairs and maintenance, without the need to dry-dock.

Operators’ agenda satisfied

“Reduced fuel consumption, efficiency improvements and higher utilisation rates are always on the top of operators’ agenda. With our in-house specialist teams of certified diver technicians and propulsion experts, we are equipped to offer our customers underwater services on a truly global scale,” said Tamara de Gruyter, Vice President, Area North Europe, Wärtsilä Services.

Global Underwater services

The acquisition of Trident BV, the leading worldwide provider of commercial diving services, helped Wärtsilä become a worldwide equipment manufacturer with a global underwater services footprint. Wärtsilä’s specialist underwater teams are based in the Netherlands, Italy, and Canary Islands.

Ms de Gruyter said that the manufacturer has several research and development initiatives aiming at further expanding its underwater service offering. Currently, Wärtsilä is in the process of developing an environmentally sound method for underwater hull cleaning which can cover close to 100% of the submerged hull.

It also wants to integrate Trident’s services with Eniram’s analytics, aiming at achieving maximum fuel savings by optimising the hull cleaning cycle.

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Source: Wartsila

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