Many incidents, whether on land and sea are avoidable, and professionals operating machines down to the smallest systems cannot underestimate their role nor can producers of parts into whole units of vehicles underrate the costs of quality slackens at any stage of the manufacturing process. Engine room fires occur in both passenger and non-passenger ships and, luckily for the Canadian ship, the HMCS Protecteur, which got disabled in March, rescue arrived timely enough to take crew members and their family aboard another ship to safety.
The 44-year-old vessel was crippled by an engine room fire Thursday night while en route from Hawaii to its home port of Esquimalt, on Vancouver Island.
The fire left the ship dead in heavy seas about 630 kilometres northeast of Hawaii with nearly 300 people onboard, including 17 family members of the crew. Twenty crewmembers suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze.
The fire disabled and stranded the supply ship, while managing to injure some crewmembers who battled the blaze. Rescue came in the form of a U.S. missile cruiser and a U.S. destroyer that delivered fresh supplies then brought the passengers to their ship while the crippled vessel was towed to nearby Hawaii for repairs.
Human error is one part of the equation and is highly preventable with skill, attention, and experience. The other part of the ratio is ensuring that quality of parts and workmanship are not compromised. Across the industries, this is where manufacturers appreciate the importance of upgrading to advanced CNC machining technologies to manage quality and cost in the maintenance of machinery. Measuring for CNC quality control might include programming for in-process probing where the probes work to monitor quality while controlling and making adjustments—tool offsetting, re-cutting, and re-verifying.
A tool monitoring system can test itself when a tool’s efficiency diminishes so that it is prevented from damaging its own work or from producing inaccurate specifications in size and finish. A system for balancing thermal changes to maintain CNC machining accuracy while in operation for longer periods is also required technology for quality, and ultimately, for safety.
Ship repair services and maintenance are fundamental and integral in promoting ship safety and sea-worthiness. These repairs at sea might include external and internal structure overhauls and renewals, installation and replacement of equipment, engines, and systems. Central Machine and Marine Inc., for instance, operates a depot at the government docks in Sarnia and Point Edward for storage of parts needed by ships navigating the Great Lakes Waterway system.
Some Canada-based repair facilities, such as Central Machine and Marine Inc., are also general machine shops that offer industrial millwright services, with expert mechanics and machinists designing and building their own machine tools for comprehensive on-site machining.
(SOURCES: Damaged by engine fire, stranded Canadian Navy ship to be towed to Hawaii, www.thestar.com, Mar 02 2014, The Canadian Press)