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Passenger ship experiences engine failure in Aegean sea

According to local sources, the passenger ship ‘Aegean Odyssey’ suffered an engine failure while it was sailing closely to Chania, Crete island, Greece. Chania Port Authority was immediately informed in order to assist the vessel. The passenger ship had 339 people on board.

Mechanical failure causes fire on fishing vessel

NTSB published its report on the fire on board the commercial fishing vessel Ole Betts Sea, on March 18, 2018, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The fire lasted for 16 hours, and the vessel eventually sank about 18 miles northeast of the island of Garden Key, Dry Tortugas, Florida. No pollution or injuries were reported. The ship was a total loss valued at $200,000.

Improper engine check leads to engine room fire

In its latest Safety Digest report, UK MAIB published an incident concerning a 70-minute scheduled trip, when after 10 minutes, a small coastal passenger cruiser suffered a main engine failure that resulted in an engine room fire. There were no injuries but the vessel had to be taken out of service.

Loose connecting rod assembly leads to diesel generator failure

​The US National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the diesel generator failure on board the offshore supply vessel ‘Red Dawn’, on December 13, 2017. Namely, as the ship was on its way to resupply the radar station Sea-Based X-Band Radar, its number 2 main diesel engine suffered a mechanical failure. This led to the ejection of components from the cylinder block, which destroyed the engine. 

Operation on high thermal load damages engine

The Swedish Club provides lessons learned from a machinery failure. Namely, the main engine, a six cylinder medium speed type, had serious damage and had to be renewed. Moreover, the turbo charger had to be overhauled. The engine had been operated on a high thermal load for a long time and the turbocharger efficiency had been affected by fouling.

Absence of communication leads to serious main engine problems

On its monthly safety scenario for December, the Swedish Club presents a case where serious damage was caused to a ship’s main engine. Namely, due to lack of communication water contaminated the lubrication oil damaging severely the engine. A defective rubber diaphragm caused the water to flood into the engine room and contaminate the lube oil.

Advance water-in-oil alarm developed to prevent engine issues

NYK and MTI Co. Ltd. have created an advance alarm system, able to detect anomalies on real-time, that water getting in lubricating oil cause. This alarm has already been installed on Haramachi Maru, aiming to prevent such problems and achieve preventive maintenance for the engine.

New software developed to detect combustion chamber issues

NYK by combining photo data with operational data from the ship information management system, as well as engine data from an electronic checklist, developed the software to diagnose internal chamber conditions. NYK has also developed a smaller version of Kirari NINJA, which photographs smaller cylinders.

Main engine reduced to idle speed after control module failure

IMCA informed of an offshore support vessel that was underway and received the error message , after a sudden drop of starboard main engine RPM was observed. The root cause was assumed to be extremely unfavourable conditions in the engine room.

Bulk carrier suffers engine failure off Sweden

A 90-meter bulk carrier had been drifting in heavy weather, with hard winds and 4-meter-high waves, after it suffered a breakdown on the main engine off Marstrand, according to data provided by the Swedish Coast Guard. The bulk carrier was loaded with fertilizer.


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