The M/V GIMI is a liquified hazardous gas (LNG) tank vessel,
237 meters long and 96,235 gross tons.
Propulsion is steam turbine.
The vessel loaded cargo in Point Fortin, Trinidad
and was bound for Baltimore, Maryland.
24 Sept 2003, 1425L - The vessel suffered a loss of propulsion
due to salt water leaking onto an electrically controlled hydraulic valve
that controls the main engine throttles.
The salt water leak was from a hole corroded in the raw water intake piping,
which runs from the lower level of the engine room, up three levels, to the heat exchanger.
The leak was located two decks above the hydraulic unit.
When the salt water contacted the electrically controlled valve it shorted out,
causing the main engine to shut down.
Maryland State Pilot used the remaining steerageway to anchor outside the channel.
Coast Guard investigators and a representative of the vessel's class society, Det Norske Veritas,
visited the ship to assess the damage.
The vessel was issued Captain of the Port Order #03-082.
25 Sept 2003 - Repairs were completed on the hydraulic unit by a Texon manufacturer.
Two solenoid valves were replaced
and the circulating pump motor for controlling the oil temperature
was ordered for replacement at Cove Point, Maryland.
A monitoring schedule for oil temperature was enacted pending the replacement of the pump motor.
The leak in the saltwater piping was repaired by replacing and pressure testing the piping.
The main engine integrated turbine controls and trips
were tested from the bridge and engine room and found satisfactory.
Vessel was released from Captain of the Port Order.