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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.

Watch: Lessons learned from main engine failure

In their latest video promoting maritime safety and accident prevention, the Standard P&I Club and CHIRP Maritime share best practice in the event of main engine failure. With respect to a particular case, CHIRP recommended that it is best practice to test a main engine prior to departure by turning it over on both air and fuel.

Lessons learned: Fuel spray fire due to machinery failure

The ship was standing by at location due to fog preventing operations. At 03:20 the high-level alarm on the forward bilge sounded. On investigation of the alarm, the forward bilge was found to be full of fuel oil. The fuel was seen to be spraying from the port main engine onto the engine room plates.

Timeline of key ship loss incidents through 2017

In its recently-published Shipping and Safety Review, Allianz cites a top-10 list of the largest ships lost throughout 2017, noting that half of the cases involved bulk carriers. The highlights of the year were the sinking of the two bulk carriers, ‘Stellar Daisy’ and ‘Emerald Star’, which caused death of a total of 33 seafarers.

Engine room safety: Best practices

The industry has mostly shed its focus on navigational safety or pollution prevention; however, the issues related to engine rooms and installations should not be disregarded considering that many accidents have been reported due to engine failures, loss of power or other engineering related causes.

Debris in Ro-Ro’s engine cause fire

On 12 September 2017, while approaching Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the ro-ro passenger ferry Wight Sky suffered a catastrophic failure of one of its main propulsion engines, and fire broke out. The fire was control immediately, but the vessel’s engineer suffered serious burn injuries. He was subsequently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had not returned to work until now, UK MAIB informs.

Lack of proper procedures lead to severe engine failure

IMCA informed about a severe engine failure during a major vessel overhaul. Namely, the connection rod on a cylinder parted from the connecting rod cap and created a hole in the engine block. The engine had been operating for 17 hours, carrying approximately a 20% load.

Emergency Procedures: Main engine failure may lead to accident

We see an increase in the number of accidents caused by main engine failure. It may be costly to the operator due to delays at the vessel’s planned route, machinery damage or even if assistance is needed from towing companies but also be the reason of a collision!

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