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by jimmys
Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:38 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Letter to Federal Minister of Transport
Replies: 11
Views: 1613

Re: Letter to Federal Minister of Transport

It has just happened in Greece about to happen in France, It very nearly took place at the Scottish referendum against the wishes of most of the politicians. Once the system of electing politicians falls into disrepute it is difficult to continue in its use a few more not to vote and it will fall. I...
by jimmys
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Letter to Federal Minister of Transport
Replies: 11
Views: 1613

Re: Letter to Federal Minister of Transport

I was a chief engineer in the british system and Europe wrecked our system. Nothing left of it now. over the years since I joined the MN in the early sixties I sat for certificates a Class 2 motor first then a class2 steam, a class1 steam then a class 1 motor. All the docks and dockyards now empty. ...
by jimmys
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:55 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: need suggesstions asap
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Re: need suggesstions asap

need some more details of engine type is this a KGF series. The crown has chromium grooves for five rings and an oil cooled insert. The rod has a longitudinal bore in which is mounted the cooling oil outlet pipe. The oil inlet is through a telescopic pipe fastened to the crosshead and the oil passes...
by jimmys
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Victoria Drummond, MBE (1894–1978)
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

Re: Victoria Drummond, MBE (1894–1978)

I served my time on the Clyde and similar to miss Drummond joined Blue Funnel line in the early sixties, not much had changed an all male company full of Welshman very traditional. Full of bullies. I was a middleweight 12 stone five feet nine I never got bothered much, but I can imagine how she was ...
by jimmys
Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: passeger ferry corfu
Replies: 13
Views: 1827

Re: passeger ferry corfu

evidently no car deck drencher system. The larger uk ferries have the pre charged system air and water to set off and salt water pump to continue. need good scuppers to use at full load. three sections on larger car deck. A lot of water. High temperature to bubble deck paint. Two people said to have...
by jimmys
Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: passeger ferry corfu
Replies: 13
Views: 1827

passeger ferry corfu

I see a greek passenger ferry burning off Corfu. Fire in the car deck 478 passengers on board. Boat deck so warm burning the passengers shoes. Wonder what is burning. Weather bad with high winds
by jimmys
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Korean Ferry Sinks
Replies: 34
Views: 7159

Re: Korean Ferry Sinks

There are no Captains on Merchant Navy ships only ships Masters and all commands by a Ships Master are not lawful commands. This vessel is what in the UK we call a 11A (two a). A class 11A does not go on long or short international voyages it only coasts around Korea. There are separate rules for th...
by jimmys
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Korean Ferry Sinks
Replies: 34
Views: 7159

Re: Korean Ferry Sinks

Yes JK they seem to have come to my conclusion. Problem on the car deck. They don't half love the old free surface effect, must be a nautical or something akin. After the ro ro accidents I was testing car decks in the UK., We used the car deck drencher system to put water on the car deck, the ship w...
by jimmys
Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Korean Ferry Sinks
Replies: 34
Views: 7159

Re: Korean Ferry Sinks

I doubt if this will be a two compartment ship more likely one. Minimum freeboard with a long flat car deck. Any water in the car deck must drain through approx. 12 inch scuppers. If she is taking water on to the car deck, for the water to lie even on the car deck she needs to have no list and no tr...
by jimmys
Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: 2nd class motor questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3647

Re: 2nd class motor questions

There is a general rule and it concerns static balance. To check this we set the crankshaft up on v blocks on the surface table, oil the v blocks and spin the crankshaft. The angles selected must give static balance so the crankshaft must not stop in the same position all the time. So for a six cyli...
by jimmys
Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: 2nd class motor questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3647

Re: 2nd class motor questions

I would be very careful generalising into formulae, a V6 engine can have the cranks at 90 degrees, sometimes, and a flat crankshaft straight 6 can have the cranks at 180 degrees, 3 out to the left and three out to the right. There is a large number of configurations now, be aware of these configurat...
by jimmys
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: International Maritime Licence. STCW Certified ????????????
Replies: 16
Views: 7085

Re: International Maritime Licence. STCW Certified ????????????

I have just had a look at the Frazer River paddler a nice wee boat. I did not know Canada had one left. If you think of the paddle boards could be 18 inches deep by 12 foot long by 6 inches thick. When they enter the water for efficiency and noise the 6x18 portion enters the water near vertically an...
by jimmys
Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: International Maritime Licence. STCW Certified ????????????
Replies: 16
Views: 7085

Re: International Maritime Licence. STCW Certified ????????????

This whole problem started around late seventies when the first STCW white list was published. The white list countries are the countries that fully comply with STCW. We look at the last white list and we find Vanuatu, Kiribati and the Ivory Coast certificates fully equivalent to Canada, UK, USA cer...
by jimmys
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: International Maritime Licence. STCW Certified ????????????
Replies: 16
Views: 7085

Re: International Maritime Licence. STCW Certified ????????????

The feathering in a paddler is the angle the paddles enter the water and it is controlled by a fixed control or radius rod to change the feathering you need to alter the fixed rod. The speed in a paddler is controlled by the speed of the wheel. You need to stop to alter the fixed rod. Sometimes call...
by jimmys
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio
Replies: 187
Views: 57420

Re: Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio

Around the mid nineties I was appointed UKGov build engineer for a major RoRo ferry project on the Clyde. She was the first major unit to be built to the new passenger ship rules and was a two compartment ship. At that time I was the Examiner of Engineers at Glasgow Marine Office. As a roro she was ...

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