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by Big Pete
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Solar Powered Ship
Replies: 4
Views: 2300

Re: Solar Powered Ship

There is very little known about it, Mainly because nobody has built a ship that is entirely solar powered! Some have Photo Voltaic Panels all over the superstructure linked to storage batteries that will keep the lights on for a few hours in Port, but nothing that I have heard of that will power pr...
by Big Pete
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: $30 million oops
Replies: 10
Views: 319

Re: $30 million oops

No Urinals, maybe the USN is planning for an all Female Crew?

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by Big Pete
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: MEDIUM SPEED ENGINE LUB OIL
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: MEDIUM SPEED ENGINE LUB OIL

"General Average" It is the Fundamental Rule of Marine Law & Insurance that the Ships Master can sell or use any part of the Cargo or even the ship itself in if it is in the best interests of the shipowner and cargo owners, the cost is then shared between all the parties involved in th...
by Big Pete
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: How to Learn to be a Good Junior Engineer
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: How to Learn to be a Good Junior Engineer

" I have three friends, I call them who and what and when, they taught me all I know".... Rudyard Kipling. " I have three friends, I call them what and how and why, they taught me all I know"....... Big Pete. If you are asking HOW to become a good engine you most probably WILL be...
by Big Pete
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Volunteers Requested
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Volunteers Requested

Thanks for your support, there are plenty of volunteers for weeding round the outside of the building, and painting, but not many willing to heave on stilsons and get dirty.
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by Big Pete
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Volunteers Requested
Replies: 4
Views: 196

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: 338

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: 296

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: 242

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.
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by Big Pete
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: El Faro letter to NTSB
Replies: 18
Views: 1272

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: 4
Views: 360

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: 601

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: 601

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: 508

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: 1146

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...

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