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Hydrex BELGIUM
10 months ago

Underwater bow thruster removal in Italy keeps container ship on schedule

Last month one of our teams removed a bow thruster from a 300-meter container ship. This was done during a stop in Italy. The unit needed to be overhauled and the operation had to be carried out within a very short window that would fit the tight schedule available to the vessel’s charterer.

The diver/technicians started the operation with a detailed inspection of the bow thruster unit and tunnel. They then detached the blades one by one. In the meantime, initial preparations were made in the bow thruster engine room for the removal of the unit so that there would be no ingress of water once it was taken out.

The next step was to secure the gearbox with hoisting equipment. The unit was then disconnected from the bow thruster engine room. Once it was lifted onto the quay, it was prepared for transport to the workshop.

By performing the operation on-site and underwater our divers made it possible for the owner to keep the vessel out of drydock.

Our team worked in shifts around the clock. They finished the job well within the available time frame. This allowed the ship to sail perfectly on schedule, which was a key benefit for the charterer.

Please contact us if you need more information on thruster or other underwater operations. We are ready to assist you 24/7. All types of underwater operations can be carried out fast and efficiently.

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