Everyone 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.
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 together 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.
Subsea 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!