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Saturday, January 20, 2018

TROUBLE SHOOTING - ENGINE BLOCK HEATERS FOR LIFEBOATS ENGINES

Members are invited to consider the following report which shares an experience with problems in starting lifeboats engines in very cold weather.

During the routine Port State Control inspection, the crew was unable to start the starboard engine due to the extreme cold weather (-24C). After many attempts, the start motor failed. With the start motor out of service, the lifeboat engine was considered “inoperable”.

At the notice of detention, both the Classification Society the flag State were contacted. All parties agreed that the short-term solution of providing two extra liferafts onboard the ship would allow the vessel to proceed. The Port State Control (Canadian Coast Guard) accepted this decision, two life rafts were obtained and the detention was lifted.

In order to prevent this from happening again, the crew also installed engine block heaters for both lifeboat engines. The heaters will help to ensure that the engines can be started promptly even in extreme cold weather.

INTERTANKO wishes to express appreciation to the company who shared this experience and would advice Members to consider the above preventive measure.