Scuba Divers & Underwater Maintenance

Commercial diving extends well beyond offshore oil industry. Scuba divers also play a key role in the underwater maintenance of ships as well as other underwater structures.

Its not often that we consider the role of scuba divers as they relate to the underwater maintenance of ships. In fact, most commercial diving is typically only thought of as belonging to the oil an gas industry.

The video clip below shows scuba divers at work carrying out their various maintenance related functions across a number of industries.

In ship operations, scuba divers are responsible for the general upkeep of the ship’s propulsion and hull. This includes the maintenance of propellers. It is divers that go down and polish propellers to maintain the smooth surfaces that are critical to save energy and optimize a ship’s performance. This process is referred to as propeller polishing.

Propeller polishing usually takes between 1 – 1 1/2 hours while a ship is birthed. Divers use scrapers, and hand-held tools as well as to get these job done.

Commercial diving isn’t for everyone, but for those interested, the video clip also explains the industry and what it involves.

Watch the following video that explains how commercial diving is a key factor in a surprising large array of industries

“The Hypnotic Job of Working on Giant Propellers Underwater” – YouTube video by Free High-Quality Documentaries

I have always been impressed by the capabilities and fearlessness of commercial divers … even more so after watching this clip.

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