Southern Divers are frequently engaged by vessel owners and operators to conduct regular inspection and repairs on ships of all sizes and types. A team of skilled commercial divers, advanced testing, imaging and surveying technology as well as real time communication and live footage of the inspection and repair processes are key factors in our efficiency and success.
Ship and vessel maintenance is a core requirement for safety, operation and legal compliance. Our ship survey and repair services focus on identifying existing and potential problematic areas of the vessel structure and function. These findings are often reported and substantiated to clients and operators with live video images and photographs. The repair work focuses on bringing the ship to meet the required safety and operational standards so that it is of a fit and seaworthy condition and can withstand any inspection for certification as a seaworthy vessel.
In certain circumstances, depths and conditions of the target dive area, ie, construction or asset depth location, makes it difficult for a human to conduct the dive. The use of ROV’s is the most reliable solution as they are designed to reach extreme depths and are compact and highly manoeuvrable. These ‘underwater robotic machines’ carry different types of sensors, imaging and lighting equipment which enable them to produce accurate and detailed images and recordings for analysis. In addition, some ROV’s are equipped with tools that can gather samples or perform certain repair tasks. Using ROV’s means minimal risks to a human diver with the added bonus of gathering accurate data and images.
One of the attractive benefits of ROV’s in Remote Operations is the direct connectivity to the diving vessel or control location where images and video footage are transmitted in real-time. This is particularly important for clients who prefer to see the live recording of the ROV Operation on a screen while the operation is being conducted.
In-Water Surveys are carried out by specialised, experienced and qualified commercial divers equipped with testing, imaging and communication tools. In certain cases, we may require the use of ROV’s to assist with inspections carried out in difficult situations or restricted areas. During the inspection, our divers will conduct a thorough check of the vessel and record observations, findings and results. Survey and inspection work includes:
- In Water Surveys in Lieu of Dry-docking (UWILD).
- Ship Biosecurity Inspection & Clearances.
- Underwater Video Survey.
- High Resolution Photographic Images.
- Real Time Communication between Survey Divers, Clients and Surveyors.
- On-deck Team Supervisors to liaise between diving crew and clients and provide inspection directives in line with clients’ and surveyors’ instructions.
At the conclusion of a survey, we provide the client a thorough report with detailed inspection results supported by video and photographic footage and images.
Our ship repairs crew are trained and equipped to carry out required underwater repairs on ships. We are able to perform all kinds of repairs and various components of vessels. Our underwater ship and hull repair services include:
- Complete hull erosion inspection, cleaning and repair.
- Hull bio-security inspection and cleaning.
- Propeller cleaning and polishing.
- Suction grates and vent cleaning and repairs.
- Non Destructive Testing (NDT).
- Underwater Epoxy Paint.
- Wet Welding.
- Anode inspection and replacement (Zincs).
In addition to the above tasks, Southern Divers deliver other ship inspection and major underwater repair services including scheduled maintenance repairs and custom modifications.
Our team of underwater construction and ship repairs divers are trained and equipped to deliver professional and effective wet welding where the repairs demand the use of welding. The equipment and techniques used by our welders are at the highest standards. Essentially, great workmanship and sophisticated equipment are the key factors behind our ability to deliver great results.
Southern Divers can carry out complete vessel salvage with speedy response, planning and implementation.