What is propeller polishing?
If you want to know what propeller polishing is, you have come to the right place. The name propeller polishing is quite accurate in explaining what the service is all about. As the name implies propeller polishing is a service intended to polish the propellers of a ship in order to maintain a smooth surface. As the propellers are below the water surface, they are constantly exposed to, for example, marine fouling and the risk of cavitation. Factors, as the before mentioned, can cause surface roughness. Such roughness can influence ship performance and it is therefore important to maintain the propellers with polishing. If you were asking yourself the question “why is propeller polishing worthwhile?” this is then the answer.
Ultimate ship performance
But let us elaborate on the answer a bit more. Ultimate ship performance ensures that your ship is not using more energy than needed. Hence, you are not spending more resources than needed. An example could be fuel efficiency, which is influenced by, among other things, the state of your propellers. Maintenance of the propellers here will help ensure optimal fuel efficiency, while neglection of the very same can decrease it. Thus, it is worth investing both time and money into maintenance as it has a positive effect in the long run.
Summary: Propeller polishing
To sum up, you want your propellers to be clean and smooth in order for them to perform to the best of their ability. To do so they need to be polished once in a while. Hence, propeller polishing.
At Odin Diving A/S we offer multi-stage propeller polishing. If you want us to carry out this underwater service on your ship, you can contact us here. You can also check out our list of ship husbandry that we offer.
Propellers can suffer from roughness, but they can also suffer from, for example, bent blades, which calls for propeller repair. To have a ship in top form is not isolated to keeping up with maintenance. To have a ship in top form is also to keep up with needed repairs and inspections. Thus, the three areas are linked like the sides of a triangle. One could say they make up their own ship performance triangle. You should therefore remember propeller polishing, but you should also remember propeller repair of bent blades caused by, for example, strain. Failing to do so can, among other things, cause vibrations.
A propeller repair of bent blades can, for example, be done using the cold-straightening technique. By avoiding the use of heat we can here prevent applying extra stress to the blades.
Possible problems with your ship can be detected through inspections. If you suspect problems with your ship, you should therefore consider this. Always remember, the longer you wait, the greater the damage can become. At Odin Diving A/S we offer underwater services within all aspects of the triangle – from inspection, to maintenance, to repair.
It is important that your underwater services are carried out by professionals with great skill as well as experience. In this way you can ensure that the performance of your ship is optimized. At Odin Diving A/S we have several certificates that attest to our expertise.
Odin Diving A/S – Offers propeller polishing by experienced divers