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by Big Pete
Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: The Warm Fuzzies it Ain't
Replies: 7
Views: 2912

Re: The Warm Fuzzies it Ain't

What scares me is that I have recently come off a ship with all Polish Engine room crew on both "shifts" apart from myself and although they all had valid STCW certificates they thought that they could run all the machinery by "Voodoo & Black magic" none of them would read th...
by Big Pete
Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: The Warm Fuzzies it Ain't
Replies: 7
Views: 2912

Re: The Warm Fuzzies it Ain't

Sounds familiar. Make the Poachers act as Gamekeepers, employ the cheapest 3rd World Poachers/crew you can find, and then stand back and look surprised when the accidents happen. Oh Hell it's only the insurance companies money anyway, doesn't cost the airline / shipowner anything when it all blows u...
by Big Pete
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Marine Engineering - Practical Tips & Tricks
Replies: 58
Views: 15994

Marine Engineering - Practical Tips & Tricks

There hasn't been much activity on the site recently, so maybe we can start a new thread. Some things that I wish someone had told me, right at the beginning.... Finding the liquid level in a tank. Where a liquid tank is against the ships side it is possible to measure the liquid level by feeling th...
by Big Pete
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: A Good read
Replies: 6
Views: 2368

Re: A Good read

Fiddley, Spanker, Dolphin Striker, Martingale, snifter cock?

(Blame it on the keyboard, it can't answer back)

BP
by Big Pete
Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:14 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: A Good read
Replies: 6
Views: 2368

Re: A Good read

Hi JK

Having a late night?
Maybe I'm wrong, a good dose of cynicism is always healthy.
I haven't checked Google.
BP
by Big Pete
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:55 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: A Good read
Replies: 6
Views: 2368

Re: A Good read

Without Google:- The Devil is the longest seam on a wooden decked ship, parrallel to the Bulwark and one planks width from it. Between the Devil and the Deep blue Sea means balanced on the edge in an uncomfortable & precarious position. For those unfamiliar with wooden decks, the planks used to ...
by Big Pete
Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: A Good read
Replies: 6
Views: 2368

A Good read

A while ago someone posted a couple of favourite books on here and I would like to post a favourite short story. "The devil and the deep sea" by Rudyard Kipling, for someone who was not an Engineer it shows an excellent grasp of marine engineering as well as being an amusing story of Pirac...
by Big Pete
Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Speed - Power - RPM - Pitch Question
Replies: 20
Views: 9089

Re: Speed - Power - RPM - Pitch Question

Hi Ian, Great picture. Looks like you will have to fit a new prop!!!! I suspect the boat was laid up for a while and the coral grew all over the prop, then was worn off when the engine was run, (highest velocity relative to the water at the blade tips). As you have a spare prop the obvious thing is ...
by Big Pete
Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Disaster
Replies: 10
Views: 5494

Re: Disaster

The Load bank is a good idea, maybe Class or Port State should be asking for Test Records that it has been done?
B.P.
by Big Pete
Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Speed - Power - RPM - Pitch Question
Replies: 20
Views: 9089

Re: Speed - Power - RPM - Pitch Question

Hi Ian M,

Can we have some feedback on what you found?

We are all in suspense.

BP
by Big Pete
Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Speed - Power - RPM - Pitch Question
Replies: 20
Views: 9089

Re: Speed - Power - RPM - Pitch Question

I have been on Holiday, so I came into this late. Was the Hull clean a sucess? The only thing I would add is that if you have the Engine makers Handbook or can look up the information for your Make and model on line, I would try to see if you can reach the full rated RPM of the engine and check what...
by Big Pete
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Crankshaft Deflection
Replies: 22
Views: 16843

Re: Crankshaft Deflection

Sorry but I completely disagree with Wartsila Road Warrior. This is a widely held misconception. I don't want to get into a p....... match, but if anyone can show me an entry in a Modern Makers manual or Text Book that says worn bearings can cause excessive deflections I will eat my proverbial hat a...
by Big Pete
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:22 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Disaster
Replies: 10
Views: 5494

Re: Disaster

What the guys on board did was very brutal, but you have to give them 10/10 and a Gold Star because they saved the ship. They used the gas axe to cut through the compressor engine shaft flush with the flywheeel then junked the engine. They used the gas axe to cut through the fire pump shaft flush wi...
by Big Pete
Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Disaster
Replies: 10
Views: 5494

Re: Disaster

WARNING SEVERE DANGER!!! Under no circumstances can you ever use Oxygen to start an engine. The engine is likely to explode and kill anyone in the vicinity. Think again. One of the points of this story is to reinforce the importance of testing emergency equipment realistically. Take the lifeboats f...
by Big Pete
Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:21 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Disaster
Replies: 10
Views: 5494

Disaster

An historical tale of a near shipwreck from the early 80's. I was not on board, but I sailed on a Sister ship where I read a copy of the company's report on the incident and met someone who had sailed on the ship in Question. A small feeder conrainership, designed in Japan, built in Singapore, Akasa...

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