Hull Inspections, Cleaning & Repair
Commercial divers Miami FL and our professional divers offer ship hull inspection; we do this to ensure ships can maintain safe operations as well as meet the standards required for operation. All of our methods of testing are non-destructive and our divers can assess the hull of the ship for damage or defects. Any hull damage left unchecked could potentially grow into a much larger problem and pose a safety hazard for cargo and any persons on board at a later stage.
How do ships sustain Hull Damage?
Ships can sustain hull damage for many reasons; the most common reason that we see a lot of the time is damage that has occurred as a result of direct impacts. This is usually done by grounding when the impact of the ships happens on the seabed and the underside of the ship sustains damage. Impact damage can vary from minor to serious. Regardless, a hull inspection should be done as soon as possible after any incidents to ensure the safety of the cargo and persons on board.
Ultrasonic testing is the method of performing non-destructive testing to gauge the measurement of the local thickness of a solid element, which is usually metal. It is used to determine if the hull thickness has been impacted by the effects of corrosion. We do this as a part of the hull inspection that we conduct. Aside from your ship coming into contact with foreign objects, its hull can also be compromised by corrosion and rust – these are actually the most common form of corrosion. Corrosion can eat away at the hull material causing thinning of the material over time.
We have a variety of inspection methods that we can use to safely assess the hull based on the specific needs and concerns that you have, as well as the scale of the job. The tanks will be flooded or spaces in the hull to give us more access. We then compile a detailed report of the inspection that we have conducted, to ensure that you are aware of everything we have checked and tested as well as any prevalent issues. We will provide you with the original thickness of the hull, as well as the current thickness and the percentage at what the wastage of the hull is at the point of inspection.
Why make underwater hull inspection part of your maintenance plan
Hull inspection, in essence, has been around for many years. Back in the day, the best swimmers would be sent down to remove barnacles, seaweed, or to patch up holes. As ships have become a lot bigger and a lot more complicated, inspection requires a professional eye for detail. Making this part of your regular maintenance plan is now a must, to avoid ocean catastrophe from damage that could have been detected. The three reasons why it is important to routinely do hull inspections is to ensure the safety of the ship, its cargo, and the people aboard. The second is to control and eradicate invasive species and the third is to monitor the status of your paint job. Contact Commercial divers Miami FL today for your hull inspection to ensure safety for your ship and its crew and passengers.