Ship refrigeration systems are an essential component in keeping your cargo in shape. For perishable goods, the refrigeration system has to be repaired and maintained from time to time. Continuous use of refrigeration systems on marine vessels can lead to wear and tear. Therefore, understanding some of the basics of troubleshooting when such problems arise is a significant concern. Here are the facts you need to learn when handling marine vessel refrigeration-related repairs.

Dry Dock Management

The dry dock system is an essential component of marine refrigeration. When conducting routine servicing, the engineers in charge must check to ensure it functions properly. Most dry dock systems are customised based on the nature of deliverables ferried by the marine vessel. Hence, consider the type of dry dock of the marine vessel and ensure it gets the service that matches its function and capacity.

Reconditioning and Overhauling 

There are exceptional cases when the marine vessel may need reconditioning or overhauling of all the parts. Reconditioning requires your engineer to check specific parts of the refrigeration systems such as the pistons, cylinder covers, exhaust valves, cylinder heads, tail shafts, fuel injectors, etc. Once a detailed diagnosis has been made, only malfunctioned parts will be repaired and replaced. On the other hand, overhauling will be done when almost all the refrigeration system parts have failed.

Replacing Anchor Chain System

A lost anchor chain in your marine refrigeration system needs to be replaced immediately. The anchor chain is a critical component in controlling the floating ability of the crane. When faulty, it will probably experience systematic delays and compromise the ability of your refrigeration system to preserve valuable goods. You may consider a new or used anchor chain system based on your financial capacity.

Regular Cleaning

Cleaning is an essential maintenance technique for many systems. Therefore, your ship's refrigeration system will need to be cleaned daily. Some of the perishable goods ferried from place to place leave behind a lot of dirt that must be cleared. If you have employees, supervise to ensure that cleaning is done daily to avoid accumulating dirt that can easily compromise its function.


Your state or territory has standard regulations that control how refrigeration maintenance of marine vessels is managed. Such bodies are interested in refrigeration systems' efficiency to maintain the quality of perishable goods, especially foods. When handling maintenance operations, ensure they have been inspected and necessary licensing provided to approve their operations.

If you need help with marine refrigeration, talk to a professional in your area.