Older Ship Engines Concern MOU Inspectors, But Who’s to Blame?

By George Backwell at February 21, 2014 23:51
Filed Under: General, Marine Diesel Engines
More than half of all ship detentions involved ships of 20 years or more in age according to preliminary results from the recent Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery in the Paris MoU region. Problem areas included the propulsion of the main engine, cleanliness of the engine room and emergency source of power/emergency generator. There is a saying that research confirms what you already knew, and the essential inspection finding that things are more often not as they ought to be in an older engine room than in a more modern one is no exception to that rule. Why that should be so is not pointed up in the CIC preliminary report, so we’ll circle around that question here.Cleanliness is next to …There’s no excuse for badly maintained and dirty machinery in dirty engine room compartments –  no matter what the age of the ship – but far more time and effort is needed to keep them up to the mark. Sleeves have to be kept... [More]

Avoiding Detention

By Keith Henderson at December 02, 2010 08:18
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Detention following a failed Port State Control must be one of the most undesirable experiences for a ship owner or operator. Holding a ship in port means higher port fees, missed schedules and the unscheduled repair always ends up costing more than the scheduled one. It is certainly something to be avoided and GL’s periodical publication analysing PSC data from around the world is a useful pointer to the items most frequently failing. Within category number two on the list is “Engines, generators and auxiliaries” of which main engines formed 12 per cent of the defects, generators 15 per cent, cleanliness 17 per cent and ‘others’ the balance. [More]

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