Blade Removal – July 2017

Last month, SGS Miami received an emergency call from a cruise vessel that was experiencing vibration in one of it’s propulsion units. An oil analysis of metal content proved that there was high probability of a component failure in the propulsion unit, which would increase the probability of a total loss to the propulsion unit. Working alongside the client, it was decided to secure the propulsion unit by removing the blades to prevent freewheeling during sailing.

The prep work was done during prior attendances to accommodate the vessel’s sailing schedule.  This ensured that the vessel could maintain its scheduled itinerary with no prolonged port stays. The prep workconsisted of the removal of the epoxy setting, welding of rigging pad eyes, the removal of blade lifting plugs, and the removal of bolt keepers.

When blade removal day arrived during the next scheduled call, SGS diver technicians removed all blades from the propulsion unit in record time!  As SGS has performed this service several times on prior vessels we were happy to report that this project was the most efficient and fastest this job has ever been performed! The client was thoroughly impressed by both how quickly we could provide them with a solution, and at how efficiently our operations progressed.  The vessel departed on schedule with SGS completing the work several hours early!

At SUBSEA GLOBAL SOLUTIONS we will always strive to exceed expectations – providing our clients with the most innovative, cost effective, high quality underwater solutions – anywhere in the world.

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