Quick question for the wealth of knowledge and experience on here.
Is there any class (any society) or statutory rule stipulating that a fresh water cooling system is to be a higher pressure than the sea water system?
We are in the final fitting out stage of a newbuild, and run up and testing of systems have proven the FW system to be lower than SW. Now this is not as designed, and that is the feedback to the yard of course, with system rejected.
However, in their argument, they are stating that there is no rule requirement for the FW needing to be higher pressure than the SW.
They are offering to fit salinometers (sp?), header high level alarms, and all sorts to keep from lifting header tanks or replacing pumps at this late stage.
While we will get there in the end, I am looking for the smoking gun if you will, to shorten this long drawn out nonsense.
It does raise the question of how to enforce 'good shipbuilding practice' and common sense, without having a build spec the size of War and Peace!
I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts while I bang my head against the Ulsan wall.