Underwater repairs to prevent dry-dockings

Wärtsilä’s divers are enabling operators to avoid unplanned dry-dockings Photo: Wärtsilä Wärtsilä’s divers are enabling operators to avoid unplanned dry-dockings Photo: Wärtsilä
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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 without the need to dry-dock, changing the nature of vessel repairs and maintenance.

“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.

Underwater services

Late last year, Wärtsilä announced its acquisition of Trident BV, the leading worldwide provider of commercial diving services.

The acquisition helped Wärtsilä become a worldwide equipment manufacturer with a global underwater services footprint.

Ms de Gruyter said that the manufacturer has several research and development initiatives currently underway at further expanding its underwater service offering.

For example, it’s currently 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.

Wärtsilä’s specialist underwater teams are based in the Netherlands, Italy, and Canary Islands.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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