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by Big Pete
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Risks of Diesel Exhaust Gas
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Risks of Diesel Exhaust Gas

I recently read an article in a UK Newspaper, (the Sunday Times, by their Science Editor, Jonathan Leake. According to the article Employers have been told that they are Legally obliged to protect their Staff from Diesel fumes and could be sued if their workers developed Cancer in later life. The In...
by Big Pete
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1177

Re: Stellar Daisy

Jolly Jack, I remember the Chippie, replaced by the GP Fitter, replaced by the AB Handyman, but now a long distant memory...... Back in the 70's when I was a Cadet and Junior, we were repeatedly told that reduced manning wouldn't mean more work for us because the Company would invest some of the Mon...
by Big Pete
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1177

Re: Stellar Daisy

One of the main lessons of the Derbyshire loss was the requirement to fit flooding alarms in places like the focsle, pump room and cargo holds, and large Buoyancy spaces (Void spaces), previously only the Engine Room had Bilge alarms. Way back before manpower cuts, the Mate would have sent one of th...
by Big Pete
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1177

Re: Stellar Daisy

I don't know what ship it was but I remember reading about a ship tht was extensively built using High Tensile Steel, and damaged her Bilge Keels, they were repaired in a small out of the way place that had no knowledge of High Tensile steels, as a result the entire Bilge keel tore off the Hull, lea...
by Big Pete
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1177

Re: Stellar Daisy

The Derbyshire Class had lots of faults, nearly all the experienced Welders had left the shipyards to build Natural Gas pipelines, they were welded by half trained welders on piece rates who filled the gaps between the plates with bundles of welding rods and then flashed over the top, there were str...
by Big Pete
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1177

Re: Stellar Daisy

Thanks JK, I did one trip on a Panamax OBO as Chief, only carried grain (from NOLA), HFO and Liquid Natural Gas Concentrate, nothing as dense as iron ore. Many years ago I was 2nd on a3,000 DWT mini Bulker, and took the last cargo of lead ore out of the mine in Galway, Ireland, Rolled that a bastard...
by Big Pete
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1177

Re: Stellar Daisy

I think the main difference with with a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) is that Crude Oil is a Uniformly Distributed Load of Low Density, whereas Iron Ore is a Concentrated Load of High Density. It is possible that the ship was an Old single skinned Tanker, that was re purposed when Double Hulls bec...
by Big Pete
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: A Nautical Miscellany on Cabotage
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: A Nautical Miscellany on Cabotage

So True!

Big Pete
by Big Pete
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Heavy lift, March 2002
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Heavy lift, March 2002

I Guess she was ballasted right down to get under the Bridge, once she was inside Harbour limits, there is no requirement to maintain a Freeboard.
BP
by Big Pete
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Nozzle assemblies
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Re: Nozzle assemblies

I had a slow speed MAN nozzle crack on on one ship, the type that had a valve body, a transmission disc, the valve, a second transmissiion disc and then an atomiser, with a "Nozzle Nut" to hold the atomiser on and a second one to hold he valve on. In this case the symptoms were an intermit...
by Big Pete
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Fatigue at sea
Replies: 25
Views: 1128

Re: Fatigue at sea

I always liked the story one Old Captain told me about a female deck Cadet who refused to clean the Tea/ Coffee station on the Bridge because it was not her job......
by Big Pete
Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: CR. Continued.
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: CR. Continued.

Maybe as DW says, a Torsional vibration damper, where the Damping medium failed and it was run on "metal to metal" contact, (Emergency get me home, mode) for far too long.
The teeth are so badly damaged that they could even be for a chain drive..

BP.
by Big Pete
Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: 700 billion shipbuilding plan?
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: 700 billion shipbuilding plan?

could be lots of jobs for Canadians with the right skills, so long as he doesn't build a wall along the Canadian Border!!

BP
by Big Pete
Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: new exams for new lisencing regs?.
Replies: 32
Views: 1399

Re: new exams for new lisencing regs?.

In the UK there is no longer any requirement to have any British Nationals on board any British Flag ship, even on the main Register. I have sailed on several where I was the only Brit to have sailed on them in years. There used to be a requirement for the Captain and Chief to be British but that wa...
by Big Pete
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Revenge C.R. Style
Replies: 33
Views: 1334

Re: Revenge C.R. Style

I was thinking of something as simple as a piece of insulation where the HT leads should have been making electrical contact.

BP

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