A few trips ago we had some alarm issues on the tug, and I’d like to see what you guys think from both a deck and engineering point of view.
Random alarm acknowledged by chief, investigated, manual pressure guages on machinery say there’s no fault. Alarms continue to say otherwise. Manual gauge from opposite machinery swapped out to rule out a bad gauge. All spec’s correct. Alarm is being triggered every 10 minutes, every 30 seconds, every hour, distracting the whole crew from their jobs as well as preventing rest. It’s likely a bad sender, but who are you to make that assumption and bypass an alarm, lest the machinery blow up for the very fault being erroneous reported at the time? [I]Allegedly,[/I] in this case its not as simple as checking for open/closed switch in the sensor.
So…what do you do?
Bypass it, take a the risk of a casualty and take the blame?
Hope to get someone in the office to sign off and then bypass it?
Listen to alarms all day and all night?
Tie boat up until you can get a vendor there? (and look for a new job)
After talking with his engineering boss in the office (2200 on a Saturday), the chief got ahold of a support engineer in a far away country. They sent instructions on bypassing the alarm in one of the junction boxes, and with shore-side’s blessing this was done. Quiet alarms until we get a new sender.
How do you guys feel about these immensely complicated vessel alarm systems. For fucks sake we can’t open a water tight door and fully dog it without an alarm, that encourages crew to either not makes rounds through spaces, OR not completely dog doors. In one way it creates a ton of reliance on the system, as hell, if a mouse farts in the engine room we get an alarm, why the hell make rounds and check things? Then when there’s a problem, the boat is nearly crippled by sirens and beeps.Same for acknowledging the same alarm, if the same exact thing happens so many times, the alarm system should have some logic to back down and issue a more subtle “check engine light” or something, after the chief has determined it is not an issue.