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Why Divers are Important are Crucial for the Commercial Shipping Industry

Commercial Diver To Service Your Ship

Thailand, uses its ideal geographical location to continue fostering growth in the merchant maritime and commercial shipping industries.

Its southwestern shoreline meets the Indian Ocean, and the eastern shoreline borders the Gulf of Thailand of the Pacific Ocean.

This water-surrounded nation, like many other major ocean-trading countries, are at the mercy of the harsh elements of the sea and are in constant need of subsea support in order to ensure prosperity.  This opens up a gigantic avenue for underwater-related work and maintenance.

However, these tasks can’t be carried out by regular people; we need a highly knowledgeable and trained specialist to perform these operations. This is where commercial divers come to play.

What happens to a ship when it’s no longer safe to sail?

Decompositioning Retired Old Ship

There are approximately 50,000 ships sailing the world’s oceans at any given time and about 1,000 ocean-going commercial vessels reach the end of service life each year.

With proper maintenance, a commercial ship’s average lifespan can reach 25 – 30 years. After this, the ship may become too expensive to operate or simply become unseaworthy, which may put human safety at risk.

Ever wondered what happens to a ship when it is too old to sail?

Let us learn all the 5 most common scenarios for the fate of an old ship!

Hull Antifouling Coating Systems Protect Your Ship

DryDocking and New Coated Ship

What are antifouling coatings?

In general, antifouling coatings are specialized paint systems that are applied to the underside of a ship during its construction or drydocking.
Their main purpose is to prevent the settlement and growth of unwanted marine species onto the wetted area of a vessel’s hull.

Additionally, these coatings act as a barrier from the harsh seawater environment in which the hull plating is submerged in. These coatings help protect the steel hull against abrasions and corrosion attacks which will eventually degrade and weaken the vessel.

The application of antifouling coatings improves the durability, performance, and safety of the vessel.

In summary, antifouling coating systems continue to play a huge role in decreasing not only the operational costs of a commercial vessel but contribute to the reduction of the total operating expenses and the unwanted transmissions of hazardous non-native marine species around the world.

COMMON GROUNDS FOR IN-WATER SURVEY PRACTICES

Rope Guard Inspection with a High-Quality Lens

While underwater inspections can be conducted on all sorts of subsea assets from ships and ports to dams and oil & gas platforms, the purpose of all underwater inspections remains the same:  to collect the information necessary to properly evaluate the asset’s condition below the waterline.

Since sending your ship to frequent drydock is expensive and just not practical, ship owners and operators hire divers to carry out underwater inspections and surveys whilst the vessel is still afloat.

IMPORTANT ROLES OF SEA CHESTS FOR YOUR DAILY SAILING

Full Gear Underwater Survey and Inspection

What is a ‘Sea Chest’?

A ‘Sea Chest’ is a recess in a ship’s hull that houses pipes to take in seawater. They are cavities built into a vessel’s hull to help increase the efficiency of pumping seawater into the internal pipework system to support the vessel’s engine cooling, ballast, and firefighting purposes. Sea chests have been identified as a major hotspot for biofouling and among the various niche areas along the hull of a vessel.

WHAT DOES SHIP MAINTENANCE ENTAIL FOR SHIP BUYERS?

Underwater Ship Maintenance On Port.

One of the most important aspects of maritime shipment facilitation is managing ship maintenance and repairs. Buying and selling a vessel is a major investment, and it should be kept in a top-notch state during its lifespan to ensure minimal loss of value when it comes to selling it off again.  

Happy Birthday TSS!

Thai Subsea is happily celebrating our 18th month's birthday!

Thai Subsea begun with humble origins that lead to our exponential growth and success, it is a direct attestation to the hard work and unrivaled perseverance shown by everyone over this last year and a half, even more so during these challenging times. . .
It has been no easy feat to start a commercial diving company in the midst of a global pandemic, especially with the various port closures, travel restrictions, and so on. Overcoming challenges that have arisen were what we keeping doing and continue to maintain optimism, persevere, and constant communication with company managers, clients, and employees alike to ensure we are running smoothly. 

Underwater Inspections Will Save You Money & Give You Peace of Mind

Thai Subsea Hull Cleaning

Ship engineers and marine experts emphasize regular ship maintenance, inspections, and repair. These steps are vital to ensure fuel efficiency, damage prevention, and operational productivity of marine vessels, boats, and ships.
While mariners can perform some of these routine maintenance tasks themselves, some inspections, especially those carried out below the waterline are best left to the experts!

Since frequent stops at dry docks aren’t feasible, operators and owners utilize commercial divers to perform underwater hull inspections and repairs whilst their ships are still afloat. These tasks often require a high level of precision and professionalism, hence, your best bet is to rely on an experienced team of underwater service providers such as Thai Subsea Services.

Why You Need to Maintain Your Vessel Regularly

A cargo boat carrying tankers on the ocean

Scheduled vessel maintenance is an inescapable reality for any shipowner. As with any other major investment, the protection and longevity of the asset is the top priority of its success. Nowadays, regular maintenance, including periodical inspections and repairs, has become even more necessary due to the ever-increasing demands set by the international maritime regulatory bodies, which aim to keep our oceans and seafarers safe.

Here are some of the reasons why vessel maintenance should be at the forefront of every ship owner’s mind and why it is imperative to set aside time and dedicated finances for the regular maintenance of your vessel.

What Is a Transducer? Why Do Ships Need Them?

An old ship anchored to the shore

Transducers are an integral part of any ship and play an instrumental role in aiding the safe navigation of all vessels the world over.

This article will explain the importance of transducers and their applications in the commercial shipping and marine industries. It is also important to learn about their inner workings to ensure they are functioning correctly, are properly maintained, and why they need to be replaced when not operating at optimal levels.

This basic definition of a transducer is a device that converts energy from one form to another. Since we are focusing on ships, it should be noted that a transducer fitted underneath a ship converts electrical energy into high-frequency sound energy.