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by Big Pete
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Volunteers Requested
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Volunteers Requested

I have recently started volunteering at Nottingham Industrial Museum, this was originally run by the Local Government, but due to funding cuts is being handed over to unpaid volunteers to run. There are an interesting collection of old steam engines and other artefacts, which you can see on this lin...
by Big Pete
Tue May 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Telephone Cord Stops Main Engine
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Telephone Cord Stops Main Engine

I feel old reading this, didn't there used to be something in the Rgs Requiring a definite positive action to activate Emergency stops? If a phone cord brushing over it activates it, what about a fly landing on the screen? Just because you can put a hundred different functions on one touch screen at...
by Big Pete
Thu May 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Westfalia separator, model: OSC 50-01-536/60
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Westfalia separator, model: OSC 50-01-536/60

If you are purifying HFO or Lube oil this can happen when the oil in the discharge line is cold and highly viscous causing excessive back pressure. If this may be the case make sure that you recirculate the oil through the heater until it is at the correct purifying temperature, 98 C for HFO, 95 C f...
by Big Pete
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Ausie icebreaker
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Ausie icebreaker

In my experience the Eastern European yards do a good job on the steelwork at very competitive prices, so long as the final outfitting is done in one of Dammen's Western European shipyard's they should get a very good ship for the money.
BP
by Big Pete
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: El Faro letter to NTSB
Replies: 18
Views: 1155

Re: El Faro letter to NTSB

I thing that the people on board the vessel, including the Master, had every RIGHT to expect that a Subscription weather forecasting Service, that the owners/operators had presumably carried out a "Cost Benefit Analysis" on before paying for, would provide a better service than the "F...
by Big Pete
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: CARRYOVER OF FUEL OIL TO CASCADE TANK AND BOILER
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: CARRYOVER OF FUEL OIL TO CASCADE TANK AND BOILER

There should be an oil content monitor fitted to the cascade tank on an UMS ship, this should be regularly tested and if it is not working the ship should not go UMS but be operated manned, with regular checks of the cascade tank and any other systems where the alarms and automation are not working ...
by Big Pete
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: MAN 48/60 pre-lube pump
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: MAN 48/60 pre-lube pump

I very much fear you are suggesting connecting an air hose and air pressure regulator to the top of an oil drum to push the oil into the Engine. There have been several "M" Notices, (Notices to Mariners) over the years reporting explosions and people killed by putting air hoses on the top ...
by Big Pete
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: MAN 48/60 pre-lube pump
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: MAN 48/60 pre-lube pump

Merlyn's gravity feed should do the job, plumb in a small bore bleed from the L.O. Rail ( the pressure regulating valve on the rail will automatically regulate the rail pressure by dumping excess oil back into the crankcase. Arrange a slightly larger bore overflow pipe from the top of the drum back ...
by Big Pete
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Marine Refrigeration
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Marine Refrigeration

Hi Martin glad you enjoyed it. Your mention of blocked Sea suctions calls to mind a time on the Strathleven, at anchor up the Persian Gulf in the 1970's, when the A/C went off. The Second Engineer was very good and knew what the problem was straight away and told me there was a Sea Snake in the Sea ...
by Big Pete
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: STERN TUBE HIGH TEMPERATURE DURING MANEUVERING
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: STERN TUBE HIGH TEMPERATURE DURING MANEUVERING

I have sailed on a couple of ships where it was a design requirement to keep the aft peak partially ballasted to provide Stern Tube Cooling, and this requirement was firmly stated in the stability Booklet for use by the Deck Officers in stability calculation. As a practical measure to ensure suffici...
by Big Pete
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Emergency/Direct Bilge Suctions
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Emergency/Direct Bilge Suctions

I have just had an email from an ex Cadet of mine, (see below) asking for details of padlocking Bilge valves. As I am retired, I no longer have access to ship board copies of MARPOL and Solas and I was wondering if any of you who do have this access could provide up to date information on this topic...
by Big Pete
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: STERN TUBE HIGH TEMPERATURE DURING MANEUVERING
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: STERN TUBE HIGH TEMPERATURE DURING MANEUVERING

If the prop was only partly immersed it would vibrate like hell, all that sideways thrust on the bearings would heat things up Nicely!!
If they caught it in time they may have been lucky and no further damage done, if not, it could be a big dry Dock job.
BP
by Big Pete
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: STERN TUBE HIGH TEMPERATURE DURING MANEUVERING
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: STERN TUBE HIGH TEMPERATURE DURING MANEUVERING

If the oil temperatures goes up, either the cooling system isn't working properly or the the prop shaft is generating more heat. So first check the cooling system, simple things first, are all the valves fully open, clean any filters, check the current drawn by the pump motor, it will INCREASE as th...
by Big Pete
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: New engine
Replies: 378
Views: 110969

Re: New engine

But are you turning your Turbines on Steam or the Turning gear?
BP
by Big Pete
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Sewage Discharge Requirements for a Canadian Flagged vessel entering US Waters
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Sewage Discharge Requirements for a Canadian Flagged vessel entering US Waters

If you look in Marpol you will see the regulations regarding sewage and Grey/Gray water discharges for all vessels sailing outside their own Coastal Waters.. Basically raw sewage can be discharged into the Sea but you have to calculate the volume discharged per hour and the ship's speed per hour and...

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