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Thoughtful engine room design
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 7:06 PM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 41

We have a engine room focus coming up in the next issue and I'm curious what you guys think. What are the biggest problems you've experienced while working in the engine room? Any consistent mistakes you're finding in the layout? Anything impeding basic maitenance? What's being ignored and what could be improved. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:39 AM
Joined: 04/07/2008
Posts: 3

Hi Kate,

After done several major refits at different yards, and I learned that  the most important issue is TIME, Second will be; how many people will be able to work together in your engineroom.  So be aware of your timebudget. It will be important to get all major parties together and ask them to make a time schedule for this project.

Regards, Piet Roskam

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:13 PM
Joined: 15/02/2011
Posts: 18

One important issue when building is to allow sufficient space around equipment that needs regular maintenence,
you will often see generators jammed hard against the side of the hull with no space to access or work on that side
of the generator(often a small skinny guy cannot fit into this space).
Some of the older engine rooms do not have sound shields around the generators, this makes it easier to monitor
the gen. for leaks or problems, quite often the sound does not go beyond the engine room itself, provided there is
a separate control room this is good for the operator as well, the other option is to have the generators in a
separate sound proof room of theirr own provided that it has enough room to work around the generators.

Thought also needs to be given to access to regular maintenence items in the interior, eg air handler filters.
You will often see a breaker panel in the interior that is jammed behind a cupboard full of glassware or other
crap, this creates a lot of disruption when a breaker trips and all that stuff has to be pulled out of that cupboard
in a guest area during a charter.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 3:19 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1024

Well, obviously equipment service and inspection access. Particularly exhaust systems or equipment that is judge to present a fire hazard. . After that...air circulation, no hot spots in the machine room. Heat shortens the working life of equipment and the engineer. Lighting, working with a drop light or flashlights in dark zones is frustrating. More power points so that clumsy extension cords are not needed. A proper work bench with edge sills and a drain so that big messy gear like an oily hydraulic ram can be serviced on the bench and its residual oil collected on the work surface then drained into a Jerry jug. A workbench stool so that the engineer can sit and perform precise work like soldering or assembling micro components without back fatigue. The area under the work bench should clear of equipment , easy to vacuum and find the piece you just dropped. A proper garbage can. Correctly designed bilge sumps so that every drop can be pumped, vacuumed clean.