Explosion of windlass hydraulic motor

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Explosion of windlass hydraulic motor

Postby JK » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:18 am

While a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier was heaving up anchor, the hydraulic motor of
the anchor windlass exploded and killed a crew member. This Information Note draws
the attention of the shipowners, ship managers, ship operators, masters, officers, crew and
Classification Societies on the lessons learnt in the accident.

HK Hydraulic Motor.pdf
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Re: Explosion of windlass hydraulic motor

Postby Big Pete » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:38 am

No Relief valves??
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Re: Explosion of windlass hydraulic motor

Postby Merlyn » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:20 am

My thoughts exactly .
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Re: Explosion of windlass hydraulic motor

Postby D Winsor » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:54 am

The report is pretty vague on details and it makes me wonder if it wasn't the coupling that exploded and not the hydraulic motor itself.
If there were issues in the hydraulic system, it is possible that any kind of rendering relief valve fitted to protect the motor may have failed.
It is also possible that the slipping clutch designed to protect the motor (if fitted ) was seized or had been adjusted to a higher torque limit in order to force more power out of the motor. After few burned out motors and coupling failures while lifting anchors it became mandatory, as part of the planned maintenance program of one fleet I worked in, to verify that the clutch was set correctly. This became a bit of an issue on some older boats when it came time to finding the fulcrum arm and counter weight used to set the slipping torque on clutch, either they we painted or rusted to the bulkhead or missing all together.
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Re: Explosion of windlass hydraulic motor

Postby The Dieselduck » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:43 pm

I guess thats why they call it a "note", instead of a report, pretty thin on details, and how we can prevent it in the future, but ok, points for effort.
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