Engineers quarter Q2 2014

On the 14th of May, Senior Service Engineer Liam Fitzpatrick joined a cruise ship in Southampton which proceeded on to Guernsey.

On the 14th of May, Senior Service Engineer Liam Fitzpatrick joined a cruise ship in Southampton which proceeded on to Guernsey. After undertaking water tight door training and providing a method statement and a risk assessment Liam was ready to get to work.

Whilst on board for 10 days, a full service was carried out on seven BOLLFILTER fully automatic filters type 6.61.07 (DN100’s & DN200’s) and seven Duplex fuel oil filters. During each filter service, the unit was completely stripped down with all parts cleaned and inspected for wear. The filter elements were cleaned using the on board BOLL cleaning trolley then dried and inspected. The filters were then reassembled with new O-rings and seals fitted and greased as appropriate with the cleaned filter elements reinstalled. All automatic filter control valves were overhauled, cleaned, new seals fitted and tested. On completion each was tested and passed by the first engineer and officer of the watch.

Whilst stripping down the automatic filters it was found that some had fatigue damage of the filter elements. This meant Liam needed to put in an urgent  order with colleagues back in the office to have replacement elements delivered within two days for when the ship arrived back in Southampton. This was achieved and the new elements were fitted before the end of the service trip.

On day 5 the vessel was at sea all day carrying out a high speed run that required all 4 engines. Liam was not able to work on the filters so made good use of the time to carry out training. Using the BOLL cleaning trolley 5.04 he was able to demonstrate the correct practice of cleaning the filter elements using ship spares. On the 9th day of the service trip, Liam conducted an engine room walk-round to health check and re-test all of the filters that had been serviced. He also checked the ships stores to ensure all on-board spares were kept in good condition.