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Engine Room Fires – Old lessons not learnt

According to Braemar SA "Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires." This is the message from Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA's Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013."Last year we attended a significant number of engine-room fires - the industry is still experiencing far too many unnecessary casualties where flammable liquids in engine rooms are finding their way onto hot spots,"he says."On many of the vessels I visit, these hot spots are only too easy to find, with thermal imaging photographs readily identifying these defects".Yet despite all the attention Class aims at fire prevention and protection design, potential problems must be detected earlier to ensure a fast and efficient first response. A crew has only limited resources available and time to prevent any problem escalating.At any one time in a modern engine room there can be thousands of litres of flammable liquids circulating inside the pipe systems. Aside from the obvious risk to life, a ship fire is inevitably a very expensive, time consuming, property repair. Heat damage, firefighting effort damage, acid residues from burnt plastics, soot cleaning and painting all add up, leaving a cost ...

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Paris MoU reveals Preliminary Results CIC on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery

Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery a matter of concern on older ships Weel maintained engine room / Image Credit: Paris MoUPreliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, carried out between 1 September 2013 and 30 November 2013 in the Paris MoU region show that:68 ships (41% of all detentions) were detained over the 3 month period as a direct result of the CIC for deficiencies related to propulsion and auxiliary machinery. Problem areas included the propulsion of the main engine, cleanliness of the engine room and emergency source of power/emergency generator.In previous years deficiencies related to propulsion and machinery installations accounted on average for 7% of the total number of deficiencies within the Tokyo and Paris MoU´s, ranking number six in comparison with all the deficiencies by categories statistics.Reason enough for the Paris MoU to concentrate attention to this area during a CIC.More than half (54%) of all CIC-topic related detentions involved ships of 20 years or more. This category had a CIC-topic related detention rate of 3.6%, which compares unfavourable to the overall 1.8% CIC-topic related detention rate."This outcome illustrates that wear and tear of propulsion and auxiliary machinery remains an issue, which should ...

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