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25th June 2014

June seems to be a quiet month probably due to holidays.

Before going on holiday, David Jones carried out some surveys for yacht insurers in Greece.

Simon Groves visited California and surveyed one of the few surviving steam containerships belonging to a large fleet.

On steam vessels unlike a motor vessels, there is not a running hours regime of carrying out maintenance to engine components. Here it is a matter of monitoring the steam plant for the maintenance required, heat balance, thermal imaging and vibration monitoring are used.

One of the most critical alarms on steam ships is the salinometer alarm on evaporators, for instance an error of ignoring a salinometer alarm could result in a big incident. Therefore, this should be treated with the utmost importance and urgency. A picture of an evaporator and salinometer is below.