MACHINERY FAILURE


One of the UMS class vessels of my company lost an auxiliary engine crank shaft due to lack of proper decision at the right time.

UMS alarm attended by a junior engineer found L.O. leakage from the A/E engine. At the same time a low pressure alarm also sounded. Since the D/E did not stop the A/E on low pressure nor stop the genie manually, all the bearings together with the crank shaft were badly damaged .

If the A/E had been stopped at the right instant this incident could have been averted.