If you work on a passenger ship and are in charge of the maintenance, part of this maintenance is likely taking care of the watertight doors. Watertight doors are installed in just about every passenger ship to prevent water from moving from one cabin to the next quickly if there is a water leak problem. This gives people much longer to get out and to safety. To ensure these doors stay watertight, keep reading for some maintenance tips.
Clean the Doors
Clean the watertight doors, including the exterior and interior ones. This will make it much easier to keep them maintained and will also look good for your guests. Clean the gaskets and the door frame so the doors will open and close easily. The gaskets should be lubricated on a regular basis to prevent them from wearing out. This will prevent the doors from making any noise when opening and closing. You can use silicone oil to do this lubrication.
Check Hydraulic System
The hydraulic system should be checked on a regular basis to make sure there are no leaks. If there are leaks, they need to be repaired quickly, or else the doors will not close and seal properly. While you are checking the hydraulic system, also inspect the hydraulic hand pump, all the pipe connections, the hydraulic cylinders, and the pump that controls the system. Make sure there is enough oil in the system and check the filter to see if it is clean. If it is not, you need to clean or replace it, depending on the type of filter your doors have.
Inspect Wheels and Bearings
The wheels and the bearings should be inspected on a regular basis for damage and wear. This is important as the wheels and the bearings need to work well in order to open and close the watertight door smoothly. Refer to the owner's manual for the type of watertight doors that you have to show you the proper way to clean these. This will also tell you the type of cleaning solution to use. Lubricating the wheels and bearings is also beneficial to keep them in good shape.
Make sure you set up a maintenance schedule to ensure all this is done on a regular basis. You also need to refer to the manufacturer's cleaning and maintenance guide to tell you all maintenance that should be done and when it should be done. This will also help you stay compliant with regulations you may have to follow.