With the large size and multiple components that a ship contains, it is important for it to undergo regular repairs in order to prevent unexpected damages while out at sea. Commercial ships also undergo a reasonable amount of wear and tear over time, and if quality maintenance is not carried out, more significant problems can be encountered by the vessel.
There are certain parts of the ship that are more prone to experiencing issues. Identifying these risk factors early can assist you in developing a maintenance plan that emphasizes care for these ship components and regularly checks them for any damages.
Fabrication of bedplates and cylinders
The steel components of vessels (such as bedplates and cylinders) require regular fabrication to correct cracks, dents, and other physical deformities. Through steel fabrication, new parts can be shaped and installed to replace worn out pieces, or to cover gaps and holes that are present in the structure.
Regular steel fabrication is often necessary during ship repairs to ensure the integrity of the entire structure.
Your ship's engine is the core component of the entire vessel. Engine issues can prevent the ship from running effectively and can result in costly downtime. At the same time, you ship's engine system is perhaps the most utilised component of the entire vessel.
It is, therefore, a good idea to have your engine aligned on a regular basis. Engine alignment is certainly recommended after long cruises at sea. It is best carried out as a dry dock repair service so that the entire engine machinery can be accessed, inspected and repaired.
For cargo vessels, the on-board cranes play an important role in loading and unloading shipping containers. These cranes increase the efficiency of the cargo movement process and are widely used anytime the ship is docked.
Machine cranes often require regular maintenance. The hydraulic system of the crane as well as its system of nuts and bolts should be inspected on a regular basis to detect problems early. Monitoring and repairing your cranes on a timely basis will prevent costly downtime when offloading cargo.
Most large ships are powered by their large propeller hubs while out at sea. The large blades of propeller hubs are subject to getting worn out. From time to time, they will require re-metalling, fabrication, and for their working mechanism double-checked.
Re-metaling ensures that corrosion or physical damage is corrected so that the vessel can navigate the sea with maximum efficiency. Indeed, poor propeller hubs can result in higher fuel costs and other operational expenses.