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Permanent underwater wet welding repairs approved by DNV GL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADNV GL and Subsea Global Solutions LLC. are proud to announce that they have completed an extensive joint research and development program, that will allow permanent repairs to be carried out by underwater wet welding on certain areas of vessels. Subsea Global Solutions’ global network of coded welder divers will be available to perform these permanent repairs on a case by case basis utilizing this procedure in suitable locations throughout the world in accordance with the approvals given by DNV GL.

Over the last two and a half years, Subsea Global Solutions welded in excess of 80 groove weld test plates underwater at depth in their training facilities in Miami, Florida, Long Beach, California and Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The non-destructive and mechanical testing of the plates was performed at the DNV GL lab in Hamburg, Germany. All data collected was shared between SGS and DNV GL during this procedure development program.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the End of April 2014, test plates were welded in the training tank in Miami Florida, with a DNV GL welding engineer in attendance. The non-destructive and destructive testing was again performed at the DNV GL lab in Hamburg. Welding of the plates as well as non-destructive and destructive testing was performed in accordance with AWS D3.6M:2010 Class A. The results of the non-destructive and destructive testing were very positive with all welded test plates exhibiting metallurgical properties equivalent to permanent weld repairs performed “top-side” dry.

About DNV GL 

Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance services along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide management system certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.
For more information:  www.dnvgl.com

About SUBSEA GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LLC

Subsea Global Solutions (SGS) consists of underwater ship repair specialists Miami Diver LLC, Parker Diving Service LLC and Trident BV.  With a dedicated staff of over 100 diver / technicians and welder divers globally, SGS has revolutionized the methods of repair for ship shell plates and equipment underwater.  Through a common shared system of dive equipment, specialty tools, and personnel SGS is able to mobilize quickly anywhere throughout the world for repairs of most shell plate, propulsion or underwater equipment.   Services include the permanent shell plate repairs, replacement of aft propeller shaft seals, the exchange of thrusters and repair of propellers. SGS has become the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s choice for all types of complex repairs.  With class approved techniques and a highly trained staff in both underwater ship repair and propulsion equipment maintenance, SGS is the clear choice for vessels operating in sensitive environments and on critical trade routes.

Propeller Efficiency Improvements- While in Service!

Personnel Shell Lock door- Cruise1Everyone is looking for ways to improve fuel oil consumption rates.  It helps us improve our environment impact footprint and most importantly it improves a vessel’s bottom line.  Subsea Global Solutions has been working with several propeller manufacturers to develop innovative procedures to exchange propeller boss caps while vessels are afloat and remaining in service.  Recently, this approach was proven with great success on a cruise vessel in operation during a cruise through the Caribbean.

 

 

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Subsea Global Solutions is the leader in underwater services for the cruise industry globally.  The key to our success is proper planning and communication with all stakeholders involved with the project.  Prior to the delivery of the performance enhancing propeller boss cap fins, Subsea Global Solutions worked together with the equipment manufacturer to develop an OEM approved underwater installation procedure.  This required design enhancements to be incorporated into the new propeller boss cap, required specialized tooling to be developed by Subsea Global Solutions and an innovative procedure to be developed so that the OEM requirements were incorporated and the client’s operational requirements were incorporated.  Once the procedure was approved by all the stakeholders, Subsea Global Solutions worked toOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgether with the client to incorporate the required work scope into the itinerary of the vessel.  This meant that during port stays specific portions of the work scope would be completed at strategic times during the voyage.  This allowed the vessel to remain in service, and to continue in operation safely and efficiently.  The cruise passengers continued their vacation experience without any impacts.

Once the manufacturer delivered the equipment to the vessel and Subsea Global Solutions’ equipment was staged onboard, the execution of the work begun.  Port by port time lines were reviewed with onboard personnel and Subsea Global Solutions’ Project Management staff onboard maintained continual communication with shipboard and operations management staff during the execution of the work.  This allowed the shipboard staff and vessel management staff to be prepared for departure on time and schedule.

Personnel Shell Lock door- Cruise2Subsea Global Solutions successfully completed the exchange of the two (2) enhanced propeller boss caps in parallel without taking the vessel out of service.  Work was completed over two consecutive ports of call with the client seeing immediate improvement in the propeller efficiency.  Innovation is the cornerstone of our success and we were pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities with this client.  Let us know how we can apply this to your vessel’s needs.  We remain ready to go as your trusted resource to deliver unrivaled service!

Curacao- your next Oil and Gas Destination

Paragon DPDS12Lots of tourists flock to Curacao for it’s crystal clear water, excellent weather conditions and “Customer Focused” approach to service.  Curacao maintains one of the deepest sheltered anchorages in the world and is strategically located in the transit route between West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, or Brazil to the Gulf of Mexico.   Curacao also boasts the leader in global underwater ship maintenance and repair Subsea Global Solutions.  Considering all of these factors Paragon Offshore took the opportunity to perform some critical service in Curacao while transiting into the Gulf of Mexico.

While on route to the Gulf of Mexico, Paragon’s dynamically positioned drillship DPDS1 stopped over in Curacao to demount two azimuthing thrusters before it came into the Gulf of Mexico.  Paragon’s choice of Curacao was simple due to the factors stated above and the previously great experience they had working  with Subsea Global Solutions in this location.  Paragon required Subsea Global Solutions to provide all of the resources outboard the vessel including all the necessary cranes, barges, boats, fendering systems and of course professional Diver / Technicians.  An innovative rigging system was designed and supplied by Subsea Global Solutions so that the thruster demounting process could be performed efficiently and safely.  Since Curacao is one of Subsea Global Solutions’ home ports, all the required resources were available for Paragon’s use.
Paragon DPDS1-21With all plans, procedures, risk assessments and engineering completed, Subsea Global Solutions proceeded to outfit the barges and vessels with the necessary equipment to support the thruster demounting process.  Upon the vessel’s arrival in Curacao, Subsea Global Solutions mobilized into the anchorage with its team.  With project coordination meetings completed and lock out / tag out completed with the ship’s crew and inboard thruster service team, Subsea Global Solutions began the process of preparing each thruster for underwater demounting.  Diver / Technicians dove directly underneath the drillship and opened access panels for thruster rigging.  Rigging was installed and thruster demounting was monitored continuously underwater by our diver / technicians.  Once each thruster was completely demounted each thruster was brought top side and loaded on the drillship’s deck for its continued transit into the Gulf of Mexico.  Cover plates were installed over the thruster openings in the ship’s hull and the hull was prepared for its transit to the Gulf of Mexico.  To assist with the fuel efficiency of the vessel while it completed it’s transit to the Gulf of Mexico a complete Hull Cleaning was performed and the Propellers of the retractable azimuthing thrusters were polished.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe DPDS1 left on schedule its fixed mounted azimuthing thrusters demounted and were on deck for the remainder of the voyage.  Paragon Offshore was very satisfied with the services provided and looks forward to “vacation again” with its offshore assets in Curacao.  Subsea Global Solutions is your global resource for unrivaled service.  Take a vacation and leave your underwater rig repair or service to us!  Curacao is your fully inclusive service location with Subsea Global Solutions leading the way!

Underwater Shaft Seal replacement- 3 seals in a week….

DSC02693No one likes a leaking shaft seal.  Neither the ship, the environment or the office is happy when this occurs!  Subsea Global Solutions has pioneered the methodology to performing a permanent replacement of shaft seals underwater in either a wet or dry environment.  By working closely with our OEM partners, Subsea Global Solutions sets the standard for shaft seal renewal while a vessel remains afloat and in service.  As seals design changes occur and OEM’s find more robust materials for the industry Subsea Global Solutions stays ahead of the competition by improving our process and procedures.

Last month, Subsea Global Solutions was busy executing three (3) shaft seal replacements in one week.  This involved three crews of professional diver / technicians mobilized to three locations on two continents on either side of the world.  By maintaining a full compliment of fully employed and factory certified diver / seal technicians on staff together with equipment strategically located around the world,  Subsea Global Solutions was able to mobilize quickly and deliver a factory warranted and class approved seal renewal in all of the cases.

Each case required careful planning and timely execution since all vessels remained in service and on very tight itineraries.  In all cases Subsea Global Solutions removed the rope guards using their carbon arc hydro-gouging system.  By surgically removing the welds attaching the rope guard to the stern tube, the rope guard can be easily reinstalled once the shaft seal exchange is completed.  With full access to the seal, the Diver / Technicians could assess the damage.

09 oil passage hole blocked - air testIn one seal exchange the flexible Hyperbaric cofferdam, Transhab was installed securely into place.  With precision and care the damaged seal lip rings were removed and reinstalled using a factory approved bonding process and bonding agent.  Once completed the Diver / Technicians performed quality control measurements and pressure tests to ensure a proper seal fit.  Upon completion of the seal renewal, the rope guard was welded back to the stern tube by coded welder  / divers.  Subsea Global Solutions maintains class approved “A” class wet welding procedures.  All welder / divers are coded to this procedure which ensures a top quality and class approved weld is executed on the rope guard.

New Picture (6)In another case, once the rope guard was removed giving full access to the face and seat on a specialized new generation face type seal.  Due to the critical nature of the face and seat materials, specialized training and certification was required from the seal manufacturer.  With Subsea Global Solutions maintaining certification with the OEM in this case, Diver / Technicians were able to perform the renewal completely wet utilizing an OEM and class approved procedure.  Without flooding the stern tube and controlling any oil release from the stern tube, the face and seat was renewed restoring the sealing capability of the shaft seal.  Upon completion of the seal renewal, the rope guard was welded back to the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAstern tube by coded welder  / divers utilizing the class approved “A” class wet welding procedures.

From Australia to America and back  all in one week!  Subsea Global Solutions delivers unrivaled service day in and day out without fail!  We are here to serve you!

 

Shaft Seal Replacement- UNDERWATER DURING CARGO OPS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo one ever plans to perform shaft seal repairs to their vessel.  These failures typically happen at the most inopportune time and in the most remote locations.  While a vessel was transiting in the South Pacific, issues with the shaft seal developed.  Subsea Global Solutions was immediately put on alert together with the seal manufacturer.  Under consultation from the seal manufacturer and considering the location of the vessel it was decided to perform an inboard temporary repair to allow the vessel to transit to a suitable location to perform a permanent shaft seal replacement.  With this temporary repair in place the vessel transited back to the North American West Coast where Subsea Global Solutions’ West Coast office attended the vessel while it performed cargo operations.  Subsea Global Solutions deployed one of its dozen Transhab flexible hyperbaric cofferdams specifically designed to create a dry hyperbaric environment around the shaft seal system.  Due to the unique design of this particular vessel’s stern tube, the engineering department at Subsea Global Solutions created a unique adapter flange to accommodate this Transhab fit up.  Since the Transhab system is completely independent of the sealing system it allows a complete shaft seal replacement, housing replacement, liner replacement and even a shim installation or removal; all done in a dry hyperbaric environment.

09 oil passage hole blocked - air testOnce the TransHab was installed the seal area was “de-watered” and a Original Equipment Manufacturer approved seal replacement was performed by certified and trained diver technicians.  Seal replacement included the replacement of all of the lip seal rings utilizing an approved dry hyperbaric bonding method.  Subsea Global Solutions is the only underwater service contractor that consistently trains annually with this seal manufacturer and maintains diver technicians certified to service and bond new shaft seals in a dry hyperbaric environment.  By maintaining diver technicians fully employed with this high level of training, Subsea Global Solutions together with the Original Equipment Manufacturer can provide a full factory warranty on this seal replacement.

Once the shaft seal was replaced the rope guard was welded back into place utilizing the “A” class wet welding procedures developed by Subsea Global Solutions and are class society approved.  By utilizing coded divers to this procedure, the welding performed was considered permanent according to class thus eliminating any notations on this repair performed.

The vessel sailed away with a completely renewed shaft seal system with a minimal impact to its schedule.  This critical repair allowed the vessel to remain in service even though it had years ahead of it to it’s next scheduled dry docking event.

Subsea Global Solutions is your one source for global underwater service.  The Cornerstone of our success is our ability to put your needs first and foremost in  the solutions we develop.  We remain your trusted resource in and out of the water so please feel free to contact us at any time. in any one of our 10 locations globally!

 

Tunnel thruster repairs in the tunnel- UNDERWATER DURING CARGO OPS!

vlcsnap-2014-08-15-11h36m24s149Tunnel thruster repairs performed in the tunnel while a vessel remains in service has become the norm as opposed to the exception.  With the volatility in the markets, container ship as well as Cruise and Ferry customers have driven Subsea Global Solutions to develop pioneering solutions to tunnel thruster repairs in a dry environment completely underwater without taking a vessel out of service.  This includes the development of in-water repair solutions as well as in-water exchange solutions for all types of tunnel thrusters.

During this past month, Subsea Global Solutions permanently repaired 5 tunnel thrusters on vessels globally.  These permanent repairs were performed in dry hyperbaric environments utilizing the Subsea Global Solutions flexible hyperbaric door system.

vlcsnap-2014-08-15-11h14m44s209Recently Subsea Global Solutions was contracted by an Original Equipment Manufacturer to perform in-service warranty repairs to several of their tunnel thrusters on a series of affected container ship vessels.  Warranty repairs that were performed to the tunnel thruster included upgrades to the pitch control system, blade sealing systems and blade bolts.  Due to the extensive amount of work that was required and to ensure the vessel schedule was not affected, Subsea Global Solution’s West Coast North America office performed the work around the clock with two qualified teams of diver technicians.

vlcsnap-2014-08-15-11h19m32s8While the vessel remained along side performing cargo operations Subsea Global Solutions performed these in-water warranty repairs.  Within hours of the vessel’s arrival into port, the tunnel thruster grating system was cut away to attain access to the affected thrusters.  Utilizing Subsea Global Solutions “A” class wet welding procedures, our coded welder divers installed load bearing attachment points to the thruster tunnel.  Once properly installed, the Flexible Door system developed by Subsea Global Solutions was installed.  The thruster tunnel was “de-watered” and the diver technicians entered the thruster tunnel to begin work.

vlcsnap-2014-08-15-11h55m53s65CPP Propeller blade seals, blade shim plate installations, OD box repairs and pitch control pipe modifications were performed during these underwater interventions.  All work was completed within the required time frame allowing the vessel to leave port on it’s normal schedule.

Once the work was completed, the units were fully tested and grates re-installed utilizing the “A” class underwater wet welding procedures.  With the use of coded welder divers together with the class approved procedure, permanent installation of these grates was attained.

Delivering unrivaled service in and out of the water is the cornerstone of our business.  Delivering this service in a cost effective way with certified personnel and procedures is our service promise to you our valued clients.  We look forward to supporting your services globally when required.

Finned Propeller Boss Cap- Installed underwater during Cargo Operations!

P1020037 Achieving instantaneous fuel consumption savings sounds like magic right?  WRONG!  The installation of Finned Propeller Boss Cap systems have a proven track record of delivering a propulsion system efficiency improvement of between two and seven percent; based on current vessel design, propeller design and system installed.  Subsea Global Solutions has installed all types of these systems produced by all of the leading manufacturers.  Together with the original equipment manufacturers, Subsea Global Solutions develops complete repair procedures that detail exactly how the boss cap will be exchanged and re-installed with an OEM and class approved method; ANYWHERE AND ANY TIME.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASubsea Global Solutions has been the contractor of choice for several global shipping companies since we are able to provide ONE fixed price to perform the exchange of these Boss Caps in any one of our ten locations globally.  What this means is that if a vessel transits to Rotterdam, Italy, through the Panama Canal, Miami or even the West Coast of the USA, Subsea Global Solutions can exchange the Boss Cap with an approved method at a fixed schedule and price.

P1020040Over the past three (3) months, Subsea Global Solutions has installed 5 finned Propeller Boss Caps for one global container ship operator.  With their intention of installing them on their entire fleet, this client wanted a global service provider who could provide them with a fixed price and schedule so they could work with their charterers on planning these vessel performance improvements while at the same time they wanted to control the costs associated with this work.  Subsea Global Solutions has consistently delivered on our proposed schedule from multiple locations globally.  From start to finish, Subsea Global Solutions has consistently exchanged these units in 28 to 32 hours.  Since we have demonstrated our performance globally, this operator has committed several more installations of the finned boss cap systems.

Subsea Global Solutions is your one source for global underwater solutions.  We consistently deliver quality services globally with our dedicated pool of professional and focused diver technicians.  We look forward to working with you on your efficiency initiatives globally!

Propeller Polishing and Hull Cleaning- Europe, North America, Brazil and the Caribbean

SGSMIAMI-JUNE2014Subsea Global Solutions is driven in everything we do in and out of the water.  With this being said, we continue to grow our foot print with wholly owned assets and locations around the world.  In addition to setting up our own stations globally, we continue to invest in the development and testing of our equipment to ensure the highest quality of service with minimal to no impact to the most sensitive Hull Coatings.

SGS-Italy-01SGS-Spain-01As reported earlier, Subsea Global Solutions has grown it’s global foot print in the Caribbean (Trinidad), South America (Brazil) and Europe (Spain and Italy) over the past 12 months.  We have invested in the permanent stationing of world class equipment, staffing of full time employees and the incorporation of state of the art processes to ensure our clients can receive consistent and reliable service from the “One Source for Global Underwater Solutions” through our own wholly owned network of global locations.

IMG_5115Remaining on the fore front of the development of advanced techniques to improve our service,  Subsea Global Solutions has developed processes to improve propeller polishing and Hull Cleaning.  As reported earlier this year, Subsea Global Solutions developed a unique process to evaluate the propeller surface finish and apply a sequential polishing process to achieve a Super Polish on the propeller blades (4 times better than Rupert “A”).  Additionally, Subsea Global Solutions remains the only global underwater ship maintenance provider that is continuing to develop equipment and certify their equipment with the newly formulated Friction Release Coatings (FRC) being offered for ship’s hulls by major coating suppliers.  Subsea Global Solutions has successfully completed performance tests HC test in Spain- May 2014with Jotun and Hempel.  We are preparing tests with International Paint on their latest coatings to be introduced to the market.  Lastly, we are active in the market place educating port authorities, developing port specific procedures and gaining approval for underwater Propeller and Hull Maintenance in locations that were previously closed to service.

Subsea Global Solutions is your secret to on time and on budget vessel operations.  Let us apply our global foot print and highly skilled work force to your vessels so you can get the most out of your maintenance budget without it GOING UP THE STACK!

SGS Solutions for Offshore Installations

DSC02012Making the impossible possible is just what we do each and every day at Subsea Global Solutions.  Thinking about how to develop innovative solutions requires us to work professionally in and out of the water.  During the past months, Subsea Global Solutions has been very busy supporting Offshore installations around the world.

Our services have included technical in-situ repairs of Thrusters, the exchange of thrusters as well as the execution of shell plate repairs to vessel hull’s in remote locations around the world.  In-Water Surveys and maintenance services including Hull Cleaning have been performed as well to the highest standards.  Due to the high value of Offshore vessels, any off-hire time or delays coming on hire are a big deal.  This requires unique and thorough repair procedures and time lines to be developed so that any maintenance or repairs performed have minimal or NO impact on operations.

DCIM100GOPROSometimes there is not enough time or spare equipment available to execute a tunnel thruster exchange.  With this being the case Subsea Global Solutions has created innovative methods of in-tunnel repairs.  During a recent wet dock event tunnel thruster shaft seals were replaced on several tunnel thrusters while the vessel remained afloat.  Utilizing the Subsea Global Solutions flex door system, a dry hyperbaric environment was created in the thruster tunnel; thus allowing factory trained diver / technicians to execute a permanent repair to the tunnel thruster lower gear box.  While this critical work was being performed underwater, the vessel’s operator were able to execute other work and vessel outfitting with no impact to it’s return date back to service.

Demountable Azimuthing thrusterEfficiently exchanging azimuthing thrusters requires coordination, good communication and a detailed plan.  Being Driven in Everything we do, Subsea Global Solutions created a precise plan for the exchange of azimuthing thrusters in-shore utilizing rig mounted cranes and other equipment.  By working closely with the client and manufacturer of the azimuthing thruster, Subsea Global Solutions effectively changed one thruster every 12 hours.  Focusing on Safety everyday ensures that everyone completes the job just like they started.  An incident free service equates to a happy client!

 

Subsea Global Solutions is your one source for Global Underwater Solutions.  We understand that time is money in the marine industry and we are always ready to serve your vessels; anywhere any time!

Subsea Global Solutions- SPAIN- NOW A HOME PORT!!

SGS-Spain-01Subsea Global Solutions is pleased to announce that our European founding member Trident BV has expanded into Spain and Northern Africa by acquiring a substantial number of shares in Underwater Contractors Spain.  With this new addition to our global network we now cover locations throughout Spain and Northern Africa including the ports of Algeciras (home port), Barcelona, Cadiz, Huelva, Malaga, Valencia and Tangiers Morocco.  Subsea Global Solutions continues to grow where our clients are sailing.  Whether you require a propeller polish or a permanent shell plate repair, Subsea Global Solutions maintains the necessary personnel, equipment and resources to support your needs.

Subsea Global Solutions continues to grow organically and through acquisition so we can remain “Your One Source For Global Underwater Solutions” .  Today we are among the largest Global Commercial diving contractors supporting the commercial maritime industry.  Feel free to contact any one of our offices to open you up to this organization that prides itself on being quality driven in everything we do in and out of the water.  We will make the impossible Possible any where any time!