Medium speed diesel engines are the most common power source in the marine industry and since the formation of Lloyd’s Registers Technical Investigation Department in 1947, LR has have accumulated a wealth of data which can be used to improve the design, materialsand manufacture of marine components and prevent poor operation of machinery.
Consequently the theme of Lloyd’s Register, third Technology and Operational Efficiency Seminar was Failures of Medium speed diesel engines and machinery.
Hosted by Dominic Miller, one of LR’s Client Managers for the London Business Team, the session was chaired by Peter Filcek, Technical Manager, Technical Investigation Department who facilitated a thoroughly informative and enlightening discussion.
The event was attended by in excess of 30 Londonship owners and operators covering a wide range of ship types, but, all with one aspect in common, John Faraclas reports:
The seminar focused on nine separate case studies addressing, the nature of the failure, cause and effect, conclusions and possible preventative measures.
The case studies included main engine connecting rod bottom end failure, auxiliary engine connecting rods bolts, auxiliary engine balance weights, gearbox failure and main and auxiliary engine cylinder head damages.
The event proved to be of significant interest to those attending provoking some searching questions primarily focused on failure avoidance, which, is more relevant today than ever before, with charter schedules and contracts structured to maximise the utilisation and profitability of the asset, thus any unscheduled maintenance or repair having a significant impact on already tight margins.
Prior to the seminar an excellent buffet launch gave the opportunity of networking which continued well after the seminar ended at coffee time; excellent!