Ship maintenance

Throughout a ship’s lifetime, it must undergo significant maintenance procedures to ensure that it operates at top condition when taken out to sea. Otherwise, a poorly maintained ship can cause a lot of problems for the captain and crew on board. Not to mention, maintaining a ship or vessel can ultimately keep the ship’s fuel and maintenance costs much lower.

The maintenance systems of ships and vessels

  • To accommodate today’s ships, there are several different maintenance systems that help keep ships in their best condition. Here, we’re going to take a brief look at three different maintenance systems that we use aboard modern ships and vessels.

  • Samsung: BWMS and SSAS-PRO

    Samsung PURIMAR is a water ballast treatment system designed to perform two functions aboard a ship or vessel. It performs mechanical separation (filtering) and disinfection for water inside a ballast tank, in addition to hosting a de-ballasting function that neutralizes the residual oxidants concentrated within the ballasting water before discharging from the ship or vessel.

    This water ballast treatment system features a user friendly interface that allows captains and other ship operators to easily treat ballast water before discharging into the natural environment.

  • Harsonic

    The Harsonic antifouling maintenance system is mainly used to prevent a vessel or ship from attracting excessive marine growth.

    The system itself is designed to eliminate the formative step of ship fouling, known as biofilm or bacterial cell membrane. When Harsonic prevents the biofilm from attaching to the ship or vessel, it prevents natural marina flora and fauna (such as barnacles, oysters, algae and mussels) from attaching to the ship. Harsonic uses an ultrasound-based system that emits ultrasonic waves that have been ‘scientifically proven’ to eliminate biofilm from a ship.

  • Anodes

    Cathodic protection is best known as a technique that helps control and prevent a metal surface from corroding. The technique accomplishes this by turning that metal surface into an electrochemical cell’s cathode. This essentially links the protected metal to another type of metal (as a stand in) that acts as an anode.

    The ‘sacrificial’ anode in this case is a type of metal anode that is more reactive to the structure’s (in this case, ship’s) natural corrosive environment. When it’s in place (electrically linked), it protects the structure’s metal by incurring the corrosive damaged instead. Ships and other water craft made from easily corroding metals use anodes as a way to prevent the hull and other metal structures on the ship from corroding over time.

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