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This article was written 8 years ago. I have since been through many more reapirs and maintenance issues none of it however, has changed my views on what you will read here.

When I find something like this, it makes me wonder what safety we are actually focusing on? This was a wedge socket that secures the bitter end of crane's runner. Forensic testing would have likely revealed many years of watch-and-see-if-it-breaks approach. No fix-it-before-it-breaks here, why bother. The pin normally fits with a slight play. On this one, there was a good 1/2 inch (or 12 mm) gap. Seeing something like this in 2009 is a neglect induced crime, not a mere oversight. SAFETY FIRST, right?

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Ship Maintenance involves the very difficult task of keeping required systems operational while trying to avoid shortcuts in doing so. Salt water environment doesn't help us in keeping the rust down, and with the ever more limited man power, we often find ourselves compromising. Suddenly, our ability to prioritise becomes the crucial skill in making things happen. Our industry, being as regulated as it is, requires of us high level of flexibility in day-to-day tasks, while frequently calling for taking a strong stance on issues, that will give little in a short term, yet may immensely affect operational safety.

On these pages I will try to break it all up, so ship maintenance, while never easy, might actually become quite enjoyable by showing results. Results, that everyone seems to be asking for. I must say however, that results must meet appreciation. So even though, maintenance in itself is about keeping it operational, it is directly and very strongly affected by how it's being received. In other words, maintenance is heavily dependent on management.

Some of the points made may seem simple or basic. I just don't know why they're so easily forgotten.

Maintenance DO's:

  • Always communicate with master/other departments' heads on any work that may affect     them, or vessel's seaworthiness or readiness.
  • Fix it before it breaks
  • Get department's entire personnel involved
  • Encourage problem reporting
  • Ask for input from everyone
  • Use tools that fit the task whenever possible
  • Use proper lubricants
  • Adjust, within limits, scheduled maintenance to improve workflow

Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:14)

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