e. Check the lubrication; flush the governor
sump and refill it with proper oil.
f. Check the setting of the needle valve.
g. Make repairs. When you have completed the
repairs, start the engine and check its operation. When
it is operating properly, notify the engineer officer and
2. Engine cooling water temperature above the
Notify the bridge.
Reduce the load and the speed of the engine.
Check the freshwater level in the expansion
Check the saltwater discharge pressure.
Check the sea suction and the discharge
Vent the freshwater and the saltwater pumps.
Check the setting and operation of the
temperature regulating valve,
3. Failed main engine lube oil pressure
a. Secure the engine immediately.
b. Notify the engineer officer and the bridge.
c. Check the sump oil level, the piping, the
filters, the strainers, and the lube oil pump capacity.
Make the repairs.
d. After you have completed the repairs, notify
the engineer officer and the bridge.
For more generalized examples of main engine
(diesel-drive) casualties, refer to Damage Control -
Engineering Casualty Control, Chapter 079, Volume
3, of NSTM.
To obtain detailed information on diesel engine
casualty control procedures, refer to the manufacturers
instructions, the pertinent type commanders
instructions, and the ships Engineering Casualty
You will spend much of your time aboard ship as a
watch stander. How you stand your watch is very
important to the reliability of the engineering plant and
the entire ship. To be a successful watch stander, you
must do the following;
l Have the skills to detect unusua1 noises,
vibrations, or odors that may indicate faulty machinery
l Take appropriate and prompt corrective
l Be ready, in emergencies, to act quickly and
l Know the ships piping systems and HOW,
WHERE, and WHY they are controlled.
l Know each piece of machinery: how it is
constucted, how it operates, how it fits into the
engineering plant, and where related equipment is
l Be able to read and interpret measuring
l Understand how and why protective devices
function (relief valves, speed limiting governors,
overspeed trips, and cut-in and cutout devices).
l Recognize and remove fire hazards, stow gear
that is adrift, and keep deck plates clean and dry.
l NEVER try to operate a piece of equipment that
l Report all unsafe conditions to the space or plant
l Know the status of every piece of machinery at
l Promptly handle any necessary change in speed
or setup, and record correctly all data concerning the
operation and maintenance of the machinery.
l Be sure the log is up-to-date and the status boards
l Know what machinery is operating and what the
night orders and standing orders are before you relieve
Above all, if you dont know-ASK! A noise, odor,
or condition may seem abnormal to you, but you may
not be certain whether it is a problem. When that
happens, call your immediate watch supervisor.
You can best gain the respect and confidence of your
supervisors and shipmates if you stand a good watch.
Relieve the watch on time or even a little early if possible
to be sure you know the condition of the machinery and
what you need to do. DONT TRY TO RELIEVE THE
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