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Case study: Machinery failure caused by lubrication contamination

In its monthly Safety Scenario for October, the Swedish Club describes an incident of a ship’s engine failure due to contamination of the lubrication system. An investigation showed that the engine had been operated on a high thermal load for a long time and the turbocharger’s efficiency had been affected by fouling, while the lubrication oil had been contaminated for some time.

COSCO VLCC experiences engine problem off South Africa

SAMSA reported that the Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation VLCC Yuan Hua Hu experienced an unspecified engine problem while sailing in the Indian Ocean off South Africa, prompting an emergency response by multiple South African agencies.

NTSB investigation: Towing vessel contact with bridge

The US NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of the towing vessel ‘Lindberg Crosby’ with Interstate 10 Bridge while on San Jacinto River, Texas, in February 2019. The investigation showed that there was an undetected loss of starboard engine directional control.

Car carrier suffers engine room fire off French Coast

The Bahamas-flagged car carrier “RCC Passion” suffered an engine room fire, while sailing some 40 nautical miles of the French island Ushant, situated at the southwest end of the English Channel, the French Maritime Prefecture for the Atlantic informed. 

Ship suffers engine failure off Samar, 48 evacuated

The Philippine Coast Guard rescued a total of 48 passengers and crew from the ship ‘Twins G-2’, while at the vicinity waters of Barangay Astorga, Daram, Samar, on 30 August. Investigation revealed that an engine failure started due to the explosion of the starboard’s engine fuel line.

Royal Caribbean ship returns to port after engine issues

Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship ‘Grandeur of the Seas’ canceled its sailing due to an engine problem, shortly after it left its home port in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday. The ship had to return to the harbor and cancel the cruise, which included a call to Bermuda.

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.

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