It’s been another month of relentless service and repairs across Europe and Africa. As we see further easing of travel restrictions, this represents another milestone towards getting back to some normality. In Africa, Morne was promoted to General Manager and we also announced a service partnership with Lagersmit.
SMS Partner with Lagersmit
We were delighted to announce our new partnership late this month with Lagersmit, where we will act as service agents in the UK and Ireland.
As we mentioned previously, this is an exciting opportunity for both companies as we aim to combine our expertise to provide unrivalled service for ship managers and owners.
Our MD, Steven Fyfe had this to say:
“Lagersmit have an enviable reputation in the marketplace as a leader in marine sealing solutions, a premier OEM with an extensive product portfolio serving the worldwide maritime industry. By entering into this agreement, Stone Marine will be able to provide customers with a proven high-quality seal solution, installed and maintained by trained and certified engineers operating from our base in the United Kingdom”.
The first stop this month for our service team was in Bremerhaven, Germany. The job on this occasion required two engineers to carry out a complete overhaul of the bow and stern thrusters. The vessel was located at Bredo dry dock, where we de-assembled the Nakashima units at the workshop and re-built them within the scheduled docking time, ensuring no delay for the shipowner.
Morne Promoted to GM
In other news, we were pleased to announce the promotion of Morne Hugo from the senior service manager to general manager of SMS Africa. Morne joined SMS back in February 2013 as a service engineer, and during his time at the company, he has contributed significantly to the development of our presence in Africa.
Read more about his journey at SMS here: Morne Promoted to GM
Routine Propeller Repair
Staying in Africa, our team of skilled propeller technicians were hard at it to meet the tight schedules of our customers in the region. One of these jobs was polishing and repairing this four bladed propeller. We have the capabilities and experience to repair and service all propeller types from our West African service centres.
Tunnel Thruster Seal Replacement
Next up for the team was a tunnel thruster seal replacement in Varna, Bulgaria. The job on this occasion required our engineer to replace the input and output shaft seals, including new liners. We fitted new bio-oil seals and concluded by flushing and refilling with new oil.
Browse through the images below as our engineer captured the transformation of the vessel in dock.