Machinery Lubrication

Report: Poor maintenance is main cause of maritime engine damage

By The Maritime Executive

Nov 12, 2015

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A new report from The Swedish Club shows that incorrect maintenance and repair continues to be the most frequent cause of main engine damage – a trend which has continued unabated since the Club began monitoring the issue nearly ten years ago.

The report Main Engine Damage investigates more than 1,000 hull and machinery claims.

“Main engine damage makes up nearly 35 percent of machinery claims costs,” says Lars Malm, Director, Strategic Business Development and Client Relationship for The Swedish Club. “It is the most expensive category of claim with an average cost of over half a million U.S. dollars per claim.

With an average cost per claim of $926,000, lubrication failure is still the most costly cause of damage to the main engine, due to consequential damage to expensive parts such as crankshafts.

“We are seeing crew with insufficient experience and training; experts not in attendance at major overhauls; contaminated lubrication oil and contaminated bunkers and engine components not operated or overhauled as per management instructions,” explains Malm. “It is a catalogue of errors which can only be remedied by the implementation of a proper management system, backed up by comprehensive audit and inspection.”

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