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Jimmy Walsh Propellers and Marine Engineering remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic –

though through the worst of the lockdown kept going on and reduced staff, and working so as to ensure minimal contact.

After stocking up on the required PPE and sanitiser, adopting a number of changes to work procedures business continued, and most of the ‘One Stop Prop Shop’s’ work now comes in and goes out with couriers from an established pick-up point in the premises.

Carrying out regular maintenance work for Stena and Irish ferries in Rosslare, the business was therefore viewed as an essential service and the lads were kept busy with an ongoing project for the Stena Horizon during their weekly layover, a similar planned project with Stena Europe and another with Irish Ferries.

Adding to that, the well-established good working relationship between Jimmy Walsh Propellers and most of the dockyards and owners in the country saw a flow of propeller work from some of the larger trawlers.

On that work and the past months, Jimmy Walsh said, “The Hale MRI scanner and dynamic balancer has moved us forward over the past few years meeting the needs of customers, reducing errors and leading to greater efficiencies in fuel consumption and stern gear life span.

“We have also used this time to look at other Prop scanning methods, and are looking at systems to update our traditional pitch meter machines.

“Hydro Comp propeller sizing software allows me to accurately calculate and re-pitch propellers that would have previously needed to be replaced; this is also an advantage in that it can have a real effect on fuel consumption and engine life span.

“The dynamic balancing equipment can be used to balance shaft motors and fans for general maintenance, and helped open a much wider opportunity.

“We aim to be the only supplier our customers will need to meet their propeller and stern gear requirements, and have also used the past months to establish new supplier links to help meet that aim going forward, including a range of outboard propellers.

“On top of all this, we’ve had an overhead crane commissioned and installed in our workshop, reducing the load on everyone.”

For more details call 086 370 2499 or visit https://onestoppropshop.ie/