<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A. has recently undertaken the initiative to support the prevention of unexpected equipment failures via SKF’s condition monitoring solutions.
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>TCM is the first Greek shipping company to equip its fleet of 65 vessels with such condition monitoring solution, which provides the means to operators to prevent unexpected failures and optimally streamline maintenance work, thereby reducing overall operating costs.
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>“Ensuring equipment reliability is amongst our standing objectives and in this regard condition monitoring is a very useful tool. At the same time, we need to maintain a consistently high standard of condition monitoring expertise on every ship with a workforce that rotates between ships. Thus, it is important to have a simple instrument to use in order to monitor the condition of critical auxiliary machinery”, said Mr. Dimitris Psaradakis, Technical Manager of TCM SA.
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>The SKF Marine Condition Monitoring Kit is a hand-held instrument, equipped with predefined machinery models and clear quality work instructions, to make sure that TCM engineers have a reliable on the spot assessment of a machine’s condition, for each vessel.
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>With the SKF Marine Condition Monitoring Kit vessel engineers collect vibration data from critical auxiliary machinery, including cargo pumps, engine room fans and blowers, compressors, purifiers and electric motors as well as monitoring and evaluating vibration levels in accommodation area, as per MLC guidelines. The data is then downloaded and transmitted through the ship’s communication system to TCM’s headquarters, to produce a precisely detailed report for each vessel on the current condition of the machinery.