The month of April proved to be a busy period for the SMS team. With the travel restrictions in place, we have been doing our utmost to maintain some continuity for our customers, from service jobs in the Caribbean to workshop overhauls in Scotland.
Maintaining Continuity in Africa
With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, our service centres in Africa received some good news. We received dispensation from the government which allows us to continue providing service support to vessel owners and managers in the region. We have strict measures in place to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, allowing the team to maintain some continuity of service.
SMS Service Work with Rotterdam Propulsion
At the beginning of the month, our service engineers were working in partnership with Rotterdam Propulsion Services B.V. to carry out repairs to a BERG CPP unit including the OD box and also carry out a CEDERVALL seal change. The work scope included disconnecting the main shaft and drawing it back to allow repair and replacement of the oil feed pipes to the hub.
With engineering attendance restricted we have one of the most comprehensive workshops available with a team of technical experts, engineers and technicians on site. Our engineers are skilled across all equipment types including Rolls Royce, Brunvoll, Wartsila, Schottel, Thrustmaster and Kawasaki.
This month the SMS team was tasked with a full overhaul of a Kawasaki bow thruster. The unit was transported to our workshop facility in Scotland where our engineers got to work upon its arrival. The job scope included new bearings, gear set and seals which was completed on time and then packaged in a bespoke crate before being sent via airfreight to Halifax.
The unit arrived in Canada where our colleagues at Subsea Global Solutions were on standby with their engineers to carry out the reinstallation of the unit with zero downtime, resulting in another delighted customer.
From the seaside ports in the UK coastline to the Dutch Caribbean island, Curacao. In partnership with Subsea Global Solutions, we are currently undertaking a large overhaul programme which includes the underwater removal, servicing, re-installation and commissioning of 6 thruster units.
Weighing in at approximately 70T, units of this size present few challenges for the SMS team of highly skilled engineers who are accustomed to working on workboats, tugs, tankers, bulkers, naval destroyers and of course rigs. During these challenging times, we are doing all we can to serve our customers in the oil and gas industry.