All About Shipboard System Cleaning Services for All Types of Ships


The US Navy, Coast Guard and all merchant marine ships all need Shipboard System Cleaning Services from bow to stern. This is imperative to keep the ship’s system running smoothly and crew members healthy. Cruise ships must be completely cleaned for the health and safety of passengers and crew.

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Areas to be thoroughly cleaned include:

  • Inside working and living quarters
  • Galley and scullery exhaust systems
  • Diesel engines exhaust systems
  • Diesel generators

Shipboard System Cleaning Services for Ventilation systems

A military ship, merchant cargo ship or commercial fishing vessel is a small community. People are living and working in close quarters. While they generally get fresh air on deck, living quarters can be hot and stuffy.

The concept of living “below decks” is no longer applicable to large cargo ships that have several decks of living and working space below the bridge deck. Some cargo lines take passengers on their routes, offering them luxury ocean view cabins.

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A heating ventilation and air conditioning regulation system has to take in clean air, circulate it through the ship and send it out through an exhaust system. This is all controlled by a generator that provides power.

Fans, fan coils, all ductwork, grilles and air supply defuses must be cleaned completely to prevent the build up of mold, mildew and other harmful pathogens. Air vents must not have diesel or any other type of fumes. Pathogens, including bacteria and viruses, must not be allowed to grow in the ventilation ducts. These particulates can spread disease throughout a ship in a very short time.

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The US Coast Guard has a complete specification manual for shipboard cleaning services that details the wiping of fan blades, inspecting dampers and tubes. Dry ice blasting, running an industrial vacuum and other mechanical devices are part of the cleaning process.

All surfaces must be cleaned and checked for corrosion. Rusted or corroded parts must be replaced for proper function.

Shipboard System Cleaning Services for Galley cleaning and inspection

A ship’s galley is the area for preparing meals and the scullery is the cleaning area. Both sections of the meal preparation facility must be spotless to avoid food contamination.

The galley exhaust system releases the odors from the cooking and cleaning areas. It must be free of grease and oils. Grease build-up in an exhaust system can lead to fires, the greatest hazard to shipboard living.

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Washers and driers operate most of the day on large commercial and military ships. The dyers must have a clean, lint-free exhaust to prevent fires.

Shipboard System Cleaning Services for Diesel exhaust systems

Ships have diesel engines and generators. They use a heavy non-sulfur fuel that can stick to the sides of the fuel tanks. This substance also includes impurities in the fuel oil that can clog tanks.

Fuel and oils must be removed. All toxic fumes must be vented out of the tank before cleaning. Tanks have to be “polished” to remove the sticky substance and the removed fuel has to be checked for water build-up from condensation. This is an important part of the cleaning system to keep diesel engines and generators working efficiently. This procedure is usually performed while the ship is in dry dock. Tanks must be inspected before refueling.

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Engine parts are also cleaned and inspected during this time. Generators are also cleaned of all oil and grease build-up.

Shipboard System Cleaning Services is a major job for specifically trained and certified contractors who are completely familiar with all shipboard system. They must be knowledgeable in safety procedures when working with fuel or HVAC systems.

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