Monthly Roundup | November

a large mooring winch against a stormy sky

As we near the end of the year, business continues to keep our team active, reacting to the needs of our worldwide customer base. From steering gear to bow thruster overhauls, seal changes and a jammed workshop, it’s been all hands on deck for the SMS team.

Steering Gear Overhaul

Situated Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, our team worked on a large cruise ship to undertake a 10-year steering gear overhaul.

The job scope on this occasion started with the disassembly and calibration of both STBD and PORT steering motors before reassembling them with new seals, thrust bearings, vane valves and o-rings. All systems were function tested, and with the pressures measured, we also renewed the rudder stock seals and hydraulic hoses. Our team diagnose and repair all types of steering gear as part of our multi-disciplinary skillset.

Thruster Overhaul in Oman

From Hamburg to the slightly warmer conditions of Oman, our multi-skilled propulsion engineer carried out a complete overhaul and hub calibrations during this scheduled dry-docking attendance.

An overview of the job scope included rigging the bow thruster from the tunnel and transporting it to the workshop to be stripped and overhauled. After carrying out the overhaul and machining the spacer ring, we put the unit back together and fitted the new parts, including a new liner and seals. Again, the job was completed with minimum fuss, reducing the customers’ downtime.

Annual Ferry Service

This project calls upon a variety of our multi-skilled engineers. The passenger ferry was docked in Falmouth, and during its downtime, we carried works on the seals, thrusters, steering gear and controls. To carry out the attendance in the scheduled time, we managed the docking efficiently, ensuring that there were no delays getting the ferry back in operation.

New Orleans Trip

Our sales team has been in New Orleans at the WorkBoat show, visiting and catching up with our clients and partners. As with our trip to Rotterdam previously, the chance to meet with our customers in person has proved to be a welcomed break, moving away from virtual meetings. This was a productive trip for the team, and as always, the event itself was a fantastic exhibition.

Job Vacancies at SMS Inverkeithing

We are still looking for the right candidates to bolster our team in the UK.

There are various roles available; follow the links below to apply:


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