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Propulsion gearbox inspection for a container ship in Vlissingen

Propulsion gearbox inspection for a container ship in Vlissingen

We were invited by a customer in the ship repair industry to come and inspect the propulsion gearbox of a container ship that was being serviced.

The reason for this was that the gearbox had been running for about 10 years now and the customer wanted to know what the state of the gearbox was to avoid any problems.

Our sales department made a proposal for the customer to come and inspect the following items on location in Vlissingen:

- Incoming axis BB side
- Incoming axis SB side
- Outgoing axis
- PTO axles

After receiving approval from the customer, our diagnostic engineer traveled to Vlissingen to do the inspection on board the ship. Our engineers travel all over the world for on-site inspections, but of course we are also active in the Netherlands for inspections and overhauls of gearboxes on location.

The inspection showed that the gearbox was in good condition, no damage had come to light. The gearbox was probably over-dimensioned, which benefits the gearbox. The oil supply in the gearbox also seemed to be OK, oil came from all the pipes that could be inspected.

Our advice was to:
- Preventive renew the vulcan elements of the link to the generator
- The bearings of the PTO shafts can be replaced in time (40,000 maximum operating hours)
- Regularly check the oil filters for contamination and clean them. Contamination can indicate possible damage in the gearbox.
- Good to continue to monitor bearing temperatures and oil pressures. A sudden increase in bearing temperature may also indicate possible damage

In this case it was only an inspection, in addition to inspections we also carry out many revisions to gearboxes in our factories in Oud-Beijerland and Schiedam.

Pictures from the project are included below. If you are interesed in our services, contact our sales department today.