What are most important subjects vetting inspector checks in Engine Room?

21 Feb '17, 01:26

Feb. 21, 2017, 1:26 a.m.
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Vetting inspection is a complex procedure developed to screen all aspects of safe tanker operation. Major items normally checked by inspectors in Engine Room listed below:

1. Documents must be correctly maintained and up to date

  • Engine Log book

  • Oil Record Book

  • Inert gas operations log

  • PMS up to date without overdue maintenance and repairs.

  • Chief Engineer's standing orders posted posted and signed as read and understood

  • Night order book maintained and signed

  • Documented procedures that address engine room entry requirements when operating in the UMS mode, and are the personnel on-board aware of these requirements

  • Hot work procedure available and followed

  • Records of critical and emergency equipment regular testing available

  • Procedures to restart essential equipment i.e. regain power from the emergency to the main switchboard, charge the air receivers for the main diesel generators, restart all auxiliaries, restart the main engine and boiler

  • Detailed bunker transfer instructions

  • Written instructions provided to control the change from residual to low-sulphur fuels

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) of all product being handled on board

  • Foam system instructions posted

  • Safety guidelines available for engine room / workshop welding equipment

2. Spares

  • Critical spare parts on board as per check list.

  • Sufficient spares on board for routine maintenance. For upcomming major jobs spares could be on order

  • Inventory up to date

3. Demonstrate proper operation or good knowledge of operation of

  • Inert Gas system alarms, trips and pressure and oxygen recorders. Oxygen content of the inert gas delivery must be at or below 5%.

  • Hydrocarbon content analysers

  • Oily water separator. Warning notices posted to safeguard against the accidental opening of the overboard discharge valve

  • Fire fighting systems. Clear operating instructions posted

  • Portable fire extinguishers in good order with operating instructions clearly marked

  • Fixed fire detection and alarm systems

  • Steering gear. Emergency steering procedure posted in SG room. Emergency steering gear been tested within the past three months and are the results recorded

  • Emergency generator. Concise starting instructions displayed. Reserve fuel tank provided with sufficient fuel

  • Emergency fire pump. Starting instructions posted

  • Engine room ventilation shutdowns

  • Fuel oil cut-off valve

  • Quick Closing Valves

  • Dead man alarm system, where fitted

  • Main engine bearing temperature monitors, or the crankcase oil mist detector

  • Bilge high level alarm system. Testing records must be maintained

  • Generators automatic switch over arrangements and protection devices such as reverse power relays

4. ER condition

  • General cleanliness and good housekeeping of all machinery compartments

  • All machinery should be in good operational condition

  • No leaks from flanges and seals

  • No leaks from diesel engines piping, connections shaft oil seals

  • Sea water pipelines and valves in good order without signs of heavy rust or damage. Especially outboard valves.

  • Bilge wells free from oil film and clean

  • Tank self-closing sounding devices must be in place and in good order

  • Gauge glass closing devices on oil tanks of a self-closing, fail-safe type and not inhibited

  • All moving machinery provided with effective guards

  • ER machine tools have adequate eye protection

  • Switchboards free of significant earth faults. Class rules require a minimum insulation resistance of 1 megohm. Good practice suggests that a much higher standard, as near to infinity as possible, but not less than 5 megohms for 440 volt system. On a 220 volt system 2 megohms is acceptable.

  • Insulation mats in place in front and behind of switch boards

  • Bunker samples properly stored and accounted

  • Purifier room ventilation in good order

  • Electric welding and gas welding/cutting equipment in good order

  • Spare oxygen and acetylene cylinders segregated in a clearly marked, ventilated position outside the accommodation and ER

  • Emergency bilge pumping arrangements must be ready for immediate use, clearly identified and provided with a notice warning against accidental opening

  • Dedicated sludge pumps free from any connection to a direct overboard discharge

  • Engine room bilge oily water pumping and disposal arrangements in good order. No direct connection to overboard allowed. Overboard pipework could be checked for evidence of oil contamination.

  • Level of lighting in all areas of the engine room satisfactory

  • Engine room emergency stops for ventilation fans clearly marked

  • Diesel engine high and low pressure fuel delivery pipes adequately jacketed or screened

  • Diesel engine exhausts and other hot surfaces in the vicinity of fuel, diesel, lubricating and hydraulic oil pipes protected against spray

  • Hot surfaces free of any evidence of fuel, diesel and lubricating oil

  • Main switchboard, alternators and other electrical equipment satisfactorily protected from water spray

  • All electrical equipment including junction boxes and cable runs in good order

  • In Steering Gear Room arrangements for the provision of heading information adequate, communications with the bridge satisfactory, rudder angle indicator clearly visible at the emergency steering position, access to steering gear unobstructed

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