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by jimmys
Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: Life Boat
Replies: 12
Views: 9225

Re: Life Boat

The last life boat I was involved in was the 150 person tested on the Clyde. Two crew and 148 punters. Launched by gravity from inside the boat at the con position, two levers one releases the dead man brake and the other the hooks. When the boat is lowered she comes into the embarkation position au...
by jimmys
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: MAN B&W fuel pump cut-off method
Replies: 9
Views: 13146

Re: MAN B&W fuel pump cut-off method

A number of medium speeds had what is called a spragging gear on the fuel pumps and this could be used to shut fuel of one unit or all the units. Its a few years since I have seen them and I cant remember what engines. Certainly the system is still around. In the engines I sailed with it was a simpl...
by jimmys
Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anyone ever been on watch...
Replies: 11
Views: 3590

Re: Anyone ever been on watch...

I was senior second engineer on a substantial Texaco tanker and we were running up the East River NY. I was in the engine room on stand by 12/4 at night. I was on the wheels. We were running full stand by speed. The telegraph moved off full for a second or two and returned to full, I rose put my han...
by jimmys
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: seafarer certification fraud
Replies: 11
Views: 3998

Re: seafarer certification fraud

I in the seventies worked for a shipping company with a big Lone Star on the funnel. We were engaged in charter to the Sun Oil Of New Jersey, we did not know who the were but we eventually found they were GovRussia. Proceed Europoort load MDO and gas oil and then Ventspils, It was a Russian Baltic S...
by jimmys
Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: seafarer certification fraud
Replies: 11
Views: 3998

Re: seafarer certification fraud

A few years ago when work was not a four letter word, I was the weekend engineer and ship surveyor in the West of Scotland on standby over the weekend. I was called out by a Clyde Pilot to a small super tanker he suspected had no astern power. The vessel was fully laden and bound for a terminal on t...
by jimmys
Sat May 04, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: From a 1959 MacGibbons Drawing Book
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Re: From a 1959 MacGibbons Drawing Book

Google brown brothers patent steam tiller, there is one in London Science museum. A picture is there in Grace Guide. This was the most popular one, still made in 1950, The one you have a pic off is I think a Wilson Pirie. She is on an ex Glasgow sludge boat. MacGibbons was the Glasgow Marine Enginee...
by jimmys
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:25 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Steam Windlass
Replies: 9
Views: 3434

Re: Steam Windlass

I went to attend an accident in West Scotland, it was at the windlass. It was a first generation RoRo ferry and she was in the middle of berthing when a very severe blow came up. Windlass very similar to the one in the picture. The beak was up and she driving on to the linkspan. The two windlasses h...
by jimmys
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Steam Windlass
Replies: 9
Views: 3434

Re: Steam Windlass

You can google it , the Reid Gear Co and Thomas Reid of Linwood, Windlass Manufacturers and gearcutters. I served my apprenticeship with them. My father served his apprenticeship with them. My grandfather worked for them as a turner. We are back in the 1880,s. A long time ago. I was up on the Canadi...
by jimmys
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Another Carnival Triumph
Replies: 35
Views: 12614

Re: Another Carnival Triumph

It would seem Carnival Cruises as well as not being able to steam their ships about the world cannot secure them in port either. You would have thought extra mooring ropes, springs and hawsers would have been the order of the day on a powerless ship.

regards
by jimmys
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Emma's engine under water
Replies: 30
Views: 12011

Re: Emma's engine under water

When a ship is ordered the owner is given choices for quality control. a) The yard supply quality control officers b) Class supply quality control officers c) They handle quality control themselves through Superintendents Invariably it is the ship built under (c) which they think is the cheapest opt...
by jimmys
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:15 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Emma's engine under water
Replies: 30
Views: 12011

Re: Emma's engine under water

My experience is it depends on the degree of protection IP. For a number of these ships there has been an improvement and above the norm IP44 is in place. If it is IP57 then we would expect the enclosure to resist water under defined conditions of pressure and time. There will be no great pressure a...
by jimmys
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Sever residential ties and move?
Replies: 4
Views: 2000

Re: Sever residential ties and move?

You do not need to be a resident or a citizen of UK to be issued with UK certificates you just need to have the seatime and sit the examinations and pass them. I was made redundant from Texaco around 1983 and I moved offshore, I had a Class 1 Steam and Motor. I was issued with a Panamanian Certifica...
by jimmys
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:36 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Carnival Dream, perhaps, well not really a pleasant one
Replies: 4
Views: 1816

Re: Carnival Dream, perhaps, well not really a pleasant one

If during a test of the emergency generator the interconnector is tripped at the main board, the emergency board blacks out. The interconnector at the emergency board trips on auto. The emergency generator runs up and closes itself to the emergency board. It only powers the emergency board not the i...
by jimmys
Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Another Carnival Triumph
Replies: 35
Views: 12614

Re: Another Carnival Triumph

This ship has two switchboards, they can be separated by breaker and run separately. Each individual switchboard is in two sections and lengths of bus bar can be removed to isolate these sections. This gives you four separate switchboards. Unless there is total destruction of the switchboards you sh...
by jimmys
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Another Carnival Triumph
Replies: 35
Views: 12614

Re: Another Carnival Triumph

If a ship is blacked out it is unlikely any engine will run in the engine room. The emergency board is normally run from the main board thro the interconnector which is automatically broken at each end by breakers one on emergency board and one on main board on blackout. If both these breakers are n...

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