STEERING FAILURE


8th Mar. 04

Once when my vessel was approaching a port through a river passage, the steering gear failed. Master anchored the vessel. The pilot had the ship black listed.

In the meantime drawings were pulled out and studied. One small 'O' ring in the telemotor was suspected to be the cause and the telemotor was opened and the ring was replaced. The steering gear was tested and found OK.

The vessel was fully tested in the presence of the chief pilot officer to his satisfaction and proceeded safely to the berth.