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by Big Pete
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Suicide and sea
Replies: 22
Views: 839

Re: Suicide and sea

" 35 years later, I have gone further in career then my worst detracters." JK, haven'y you figured out after all these years that your biggest detractors could see you were way cleverer than them and would end up as a Chief or Super, way above them and were jealous? Always been a problem f...
by Big Pete
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Suicide and sea
Replies: 22
Views: 839

Re: Suicide and sea

It is very interesting that we are all "opening up" about past traumatic experiences, a generation ago people were told to go out and get drunk and then forget about it, and then nobody would dare talk about about the problems as it would have been seen as a sign of weakness in a Macho cul...
by Big Pete
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Suicide and sea
Replies: 22
Views: 839

Re: Suicide and sea

Yes Revolver,
That is PTSD, hopefully it will happen less often and less intensely over time, If it is bad it makes it harder to get enough sleep to be fit for work and makes it more likely that you will have another accident, or make mistakes, it can become a vicious circle. Take care of yourself.
BP
by Big Pete
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Preferential Trip testing
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Preferential Trip testing

Used to be easy on Old Time ships but there is usually a much bigger reserve of power available from generators now.
You might have to get an Electrician in with Current Injection Kit, to test the trip just like you do for testing main Breakers.

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by Big Pete
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Suicide and sea
Replies: 22
Views: 839

Re: Suicide and sea

I think there is always a thought that things were better in the past, in order to keep us all sane we remember the good, and rapidly forget the bad, so the past always appears to be better than the present. However, the complete Social Isolation on modern ships is something new, with small multi na...
by Big Pete
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Suicide and sea
Replies: 22
Views: 839

Re: Suicide and sea

A very sad thing to read, I first read this a few days ago, but didn't reply. I think we all know why, Life at Sea has always involved hard work, long hours, and long separation from friends and family, But there used to be a Social Life on board, time in Port to relax, and a sense of being part of ...
by Big Pete
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: MEDIUM SPEED ENGINE LUB OIL
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: MEDIUM SPEED ENGINE LUB OIL

As D. Winsor says, you should get away with it but order enough of the correct oil to do a full oil change and change all the oil filters at the same. The Detergents in the 4 stroke oil keeps soot and other Dirt particles in suspension in the oil and stops sludge accumulating on the engine parts, so...
by Big Pete
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: altration in fresh water generator parameters
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: altration in fresh water generator parameters

It is possible to boost the output of a Fresh Water Generator, above the designed output, in the short term however, the output will then fall of with time. The unit will have been set up in the factory for optimal production. Output can be increased by increasing Heat Input by:-1) increasing the Ja...
by Big Pete
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: 3D Printing
Replies: 7
Views: 1196

Re: 3D Printing

Just seen another article,

https://www.imarest.org/themarineprofes ... e-industry

3d Props being printed for tugs, by Dammen Shipyard. How long will it take to scale up the technology to Super Tankers?

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by Big Pete
Tue May 16, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: COC
Replies: 8
Views: 496

Re: COC

Maybe they should reduce it down to Credit Card size, A Transport Canada Gold Card for Masters and Chiefs, a Silver one for Mates and Seconds, Bronze for watch keepers. They could encrypt all your details in the microchip, and stick your photo on it as well.
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by Big Pete
Fri May 05, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Something to puzzle over
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Something to puzzle over

Maybe the impressed current takes the line of least resistance,ie through the Sea when in Salt Water but when in Fresh it finds that the path of least resistance is through your electrical control systems? As you say the ICPP won,t be doing much in Fresh Water, I would check the makers manual, the I...
by Big Pete
Thu May 04, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Something to puzzle over
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Something to puzzle over

I am assuming from what you say that the local and Bridge RPM signals are analogue, while the other readings are all Digital. The thought about the Conductivity of SW versus that of FW is interesting, but you are losing indicated RPM /mAs /Volts in Fresh Water which is an insulator so it appears a b...
by Big Pete
Mon May 01, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Train boiler explosion
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: Train boiler explosion

That's one for the real old steam enthusiasts, Haystack Boilers, Cornish Boilers ec, all supplanted by the ubiquitous Scotch Boiler. You should record your memories for one of the Historical all steam preservation Societies, we are fast losing touch with the Direct Hands on experience of operating t...
by Big Pete
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: New TC bulletins
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: New TC bulletins

Sounds absolutely wonderful!
How many people have the time or Language skills to do that?
Shame that they couldn't just have written what they meant....
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by Big Pete
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Fatigue at sea
Replies: 25
Views: 1130

Re: Fatigue at sea

As a Chief Engineer I have raised the issue of what a Safe Minimum Manning Certificate covers with several Superintendents and when I tell them it doesn't allow for any maintenance or Cargo Ops they are all amazed, real or fake I can't tell..

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