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Aside from the pump, we took some bunkers whilst waiting between loadings. And the analysis of these came back atrocious (technically within spec!!). Basically full of cat fines, which do nasty things

Well, decided to take you advice gentlemen, and am remaining onboard  Or in reality, I should have signed off tomorrow, however news this morning is that Singapore Authorities didn't grant permiss

Well, another few interesting days (well, actually a few days back, but internet has been as reliable as usual). Back at the end of April I had the Fresh Water Generator open for cleaning, and al

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No special knowledge!  No idea where it might be on the ship!   Just a very heavy axle, running a drum - seemed obvious!

The range and power of the kit you are expected to service, Phil, is daunting.

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Well, finally some good news.

The Philippines have granted the four of us whom were remaining for crew change a visa to do so!

As far as I am aware, we are the last four officers remaining in the fleet to go home. 6.5 months for me, 7.5 for the other three guys.

Phewwwwwwww. It's been a long trip.

So signing off tomorrow, we are already in Manila Bay but the flights were booked for tomorrow to be on the safe side.



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3 hours ago, JohnD said:

Safe journey, Phil!   But you're probably more at risk once you step off the plane into the Covid riddled UK!

Stay safe!



9 minutes ago, Nick Jones said:

Trust all goes to plan Phil.  John is probably right though.

I am absolutely certain you are both right, however I am also aware I am becoming stir crazy onboard :bunny:

Believe me, being stir crazy is fine. Knowing you are becoming stir crazy is not.


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I doubt you are in any personal danger from Covid Phil.  But at considerable risk of being messed about by "authority" both during your travels and after arrival.  Though I guess there is plenty to keep you amused at home.  Does your "off period" increase in line with your "on period"?

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Well, God Damn!!

On the first flight (a quick hop to Bangkok before continuing to Amsterdam), and service trolley on its rounds.

Asked for a whisky and coke. Sorry sir, due to change in service we only serve beer and wine now.

Okay, fair enough, beer it is.

Turns out it is alcohol free.

So, 16 hours of wine is on the cards :devil:

Phil (and yes, we have cheap WiFi on the plane, which is faster than the ship's internet)

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15 hours ago, Nick Jones said:

Wifi on plane....... when did that come in?

Been in a while, but only on certain planes. Seems that most planes are being upgraded, which I guess is good as the price is coming down.

€30 for "streaming speed" (yes, you can use YouTube with only minimal buffering) was pretty reasonable I thought.

Okay, when you consider the cost of flights, it should be included, but heyho.

However, on a nice touch, we received this on the flight!



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Well, after a much longer vacation than I anticipated, it is time to revive the thread! Currently sat in a hotel in San Pedro waiting to join one of our lightering vessels. Slight delay, as she has been sidetracked into assisting a terminal in flushing a crude line for maintenance, so will join tomorrow evening I guess.

Not much will happen for first couple of weeks as I will be in semi-quarantine (I say semi, as they still expect me to work, just under various restrictions, and otherwise have to stay in my cabin).

Otherwise rather surprised at the general mask wearing and compliance with Covid restrictions in LA from I have seen. However not as impressive is it also rained today, and in the short distance between airport and hotel I saw 5 accidents with cars who had lost control (aqua-planing I suspect). Makes me wonder as to how Americans manage to stay alive sometimes :laugh:

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Well, been onboard for nearly three weeks, "working quarantine" is over, and my memories of the sister ship are awakening slowly. A good thing too, as while we have a damn good first engineer, the two third engineers (and this is a YES!! No 6/6 watches, we do 4/8 here which is a bonus) are both very new to rank, so I have a bit of ground to cover. Both are competent, so with some time and experience under the belts they will settle nicely.

Last few days it has been all go however. As this current vessel (for those who wish to track, first name is a Greek flying horse who is the offspring of Poseidon, followed by the same Star Trek suffix as the last ship (clue is earlier in thread) is owned by the company, it is used as a test bed for various lube oil R&D projects.

An ongoing project(s) is cylinder oil. For which we are about to start a new round, which entails pulling three pistons and measuring, replacing rings and refitting. Fortunately as this is an R&D project they pay for MAN (engine maker) to do all the work, while we watch. And I took some photos for you all.

I should note that this ship is larger than the last one. She is "Suezmax", whereas the last vessel was "Panamax". Basically longer, wider and bigger machinery. Including the engine, which is an ultra-long stroke (and before anyone asks, I'll get back on the length, I can't recall it of the top of my head).








Cylinder Heads & Pistons







Measurements (The guy inside is roughly 5'6")







Now, usually when you remove a piston, you need to protect the crankcase from foreign debris (the white thing at the bottom of the piston rods is a stuffing box, which does this task during running). So we have a cover to put in. However, despite the numerous piston pulls this shop has done, no-one ever bothered to make extra covers, so we only had the original piece. So we got inventive........



Perfect fit!!

And to finish off, large spanner anyone?? (And yes, the sizes are in mm).


I have shown the Piston Ring guide above, however last time I recall there were some questions about installing the piston with rings. So this time I took a video, I shall try and upload it and link it here when I get the chance.






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Thanks, Phil!    Awesome kit.   An engine with ladders built in to get around it!

I think there is a word for those ultralarge turning tools ( I have a 32mm spanner, for Ford hub nuts, but that size is the smallest on that rack!), and it's "Flogging spanner"     Short, with an enlarged end for hitting with a hammer.      So how do you judge the torque?   How hard do you hit it for, say, 120lbs/ft?  Or is there a more measured way?

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@John DFlogging spanners. You can't measure torque so really they should be restricted for 'undoing' or in certain circumstances for initial pulling down when using bolt tensioners.

When I worked for BP I banned their use on my site except under special circumstances with my express permission as they were (and still are) used in a rather cavalier fashion across the industry in my opinion.

No reflection on you there Phil, looks like those floggers are for use in confined spaces and with tensioners

The nuts on those conrods are intended for bolt tensioning.

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