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Who Repairs Navy Ships?

Who Repairs Navy Ships?

Repairs and regular maintenance is what keeps any mechanical equipment or machinery that contains moving parts functional. This goes double for navy ships, which are often designed to be used in highly demanding tasks and therefore must make regular visits to companies specializing in navy ship repair San Diego. It’s crucial to plan the maintenance in advance, either before or after a trip, so that the machinery can be overhauled and any necessary repairs can be quickly made at a vessel repair company. Read on to learn about the three most common maintenance procedures used on ships today, and you'll learn what to look for in a ship repair company.

Breakdown or Corrective Maintenance

This is the type of repairs that are carried out after a breakdown of the machinery. Clearly, this is a sub-optimal approach as the breakdown of a machine should be entirely avoided anyway as it can create severe problems in case of an emergency. In addition to possible dangers, this is also a costly system as other parts may be damaged when one part breaks down. The only good thing about this system is that it means the broken parts have been fully utilized ie. reached the end of their life.

Planned Maintenance System

This type of maintenance is also known as the preventive or scheduled maintenance system. It is carried out by a vessel repair company either at calendar intervals such as yearly, half-yearly, monthly, etc., or at a certain number of the machinery’s running hours (ie. 5000 hours, 10,000 hours, and so on). Planned Maintenance System is carried out regardless of the state of the machinery in question. Even the parts that are still usable have to be removed and replaced if that’s how it’s written in the schedule.

Condition Maintenance System

This is the ‘flexible’ maintenance system. This flexibility is achieved by regularly checking the machine parts and assessing their health with the help of sensors. If it turns out a part is in need of repairs, maintenance is done accordingly. This method is heavily reliant on knowledge and experience because a faulty interpretation of sensor data can result in expensive and unnecessary repairs, as well as damage to the machinery in question.

Important things to check before leaving a vessel repair company

Make sure all dual-bottom tank plugs are secured. Apply a proper coating of paint to the hull, taking care not to use any TBT-based paint. Check the sounding of all tanks and match them with the value obtained prior to entering the dry dock. Ensure all repaired overboard valves are in place. Check vent and rudder plug, plus make sure the anode is fitted back on the rudder.

Choose the best vessel repair company in San Diego

PCE has been in the ship repair business for over 40 years and has had multiple successful contracts with the US Navy. If you want to have your private or commercial vessels repaired and/or maintained by San Diego’s premier ship repair company, reach out to PCE today! Our friendly and knowledgeable industry veterans will gladly answer all your questions and help you make decisions that best suit your needs.

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