The ships is aged, but the cost of replacing her is high. She'll be around after I am retired.
It is a MaK 16M453. The fuel pumps are designed for burning HFO and DFO and there are several different punch marks in the interior for alignment.
The pumps were rebuilt and the wrong punch used for alignment on 15 of the pumps. The pumps were set at 25% fuel at 0 rack. When it was started, it went into overspeed and threw a counterweight through the base and the crank was bent.
The oiler who was in the area when it was started, crawled under the deckplates to shut the fuel off. The engine could not be shut off by the controls or tripped locally. The counterweights are bolted on, when the torsional stress became too great the bolts failed. The Chief reported that he could feel the vibration in his cabin 4 decks up from the engine.
I went down 12 hours later after an extensive cleanup effort by the crew and oil was still rolling out of crevices everywhere. Everyone was very shaken, to say the least.
I will post more pictures as I get the chance.
And the chainfalls-LOL, I am so glad it wasn't me! The laborers labored very hard! As you know, a lot of pulling on the chain only lifts the hook a few inches and they were big chainfalls! They worked 6, 12 hour, days a week for 13 weeks, to strip the engine, move things in and out and rebuild the engine. The engine mfr rep retired not soon after with health issues. I have always believed that this job just about did him in.