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SHIP NAME: Tarim KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source CREW
type A
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.... got an alarm at night on the lub oil purifier for the main engine. Opened the strainer and found it clogged with white metal debris (almost powder type) This was early morning and we were due to stop and drift anyway that morning to wait for high tide in the S'Pore strait. Once we opened [the crankcase], we clearly observed a lot of quite large pieces of white metal half-way sticking out from the bearings, and a lot resting on the on the coarse sump filters. Cleaned it out, measured all bearings whilst the C/E made calls around the world. We were advised by superint and B and W to proceed, which we did (with a sky-high bloodpressure). After discharging we got repair teams onboard to: a) change the bearings and b) modify the bottom frame of the engine. On the inside on the lower part of the cranckcase they welded support brackets, and also a few of the 90ยบ "corners" at the level of the cranckcase doors were rounded off. And off we went. We had failure later also on these bearings, but only minor ones, and we changed the bearings ourselves.


source CTX
type D
volume N
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Date is approximate. Ship was out of service for several weeks. A fully loaded VLCC needs to transit several shallow spots in the Malacca Straits at just the right tide. Any significant loss of power during a transit can easily put the ship aground.