Part 1 was new distillation equipment and a new diesel engine. About a week or more in the yard…and a FINE time was had by all in Singapore. ;)
OK, repairs made and we are just outside the harbor heading to an undisclosed location. We are an Oceanographic Research Vessel (no names mentioned). I am on the bridge with headphones to the engine room and making notations in the bell log. I hear on the phones…from a bow lookout…something about line or hawser in the water…dead ahead. It flashed thru my head that if it got caught in the propeller shaft/screws…it could mean trouble.
I, personally, did not say anything…as it was not my place. Just a possibility of a line in the water. I was SURE others on the headphone circuit would say something. Alas, no one alerted the bridge and a THUMP THUMP…SHUDDER…was felt. I think someone looked aft and saw a line in the water. A check of the shaft compartment disclosed water coming in. A diver sent to look said, “Yes, there is line tangled in the shaft”. :o
So…a call to HQ was made and a short while later we were sent back to Sembawang for dry dock repairs…Part 2. We had to tie up next to a Navy ship for a couple of days before dry dock and once there, another 7 days or so. GOSH DARN…a delay in our schedule and that means another 10 days in Singapore. ;)
Guess no one else heard the bow lookout… and he never got in trouble. But he did get high fives from me…and others.