Brake Repair Of a Deck Crane

Brake repair of a deck crane

Nowadays I revise my old article and I remember my experiences on board commercial or offshore vessels as hydraulic troubleshooter.

I attended as troubleshooter to a vessel in Singapore anchorage.  My scope of job was unclear. In the office I got the paper with the things I’d to do. It was service on deck cranes. Pretty easy you would say and it looks.

Service is to general I sad and from my previous experiences I knew something was wrong. Until then I was getting jobs with clear content and job scope like, cranes inspection, load test of the crane or change or remove something or troubleshooting of some parts of the equipment.

I arrived in Singapore early morning and after few hours of sleep I went on board of the vessel.deck crane

Everything was running smoothly, the weather was nice the people I met were ok. I said the job seems to be ok.

On board I found out exactly the job I’d to do. The scope of job had expanded significantly. Brake repair of one of the deck crane was one of the job I did’t know. And I was alone there with no hydraulic technician and so on. They said no problem we have the crew and we can manage easy. Again from my experiences so far I won’t ever rely on vessel crew.  The vessel crews are not trained for hydraulics troubleshooting they are not specialist in hydraulics or in particular equipment.

A tough job was to repair brake of hoisting winch of one of the deck cranes. The type of hosting brake was MDA 21 a multi disc brake.
I disassembled the hydraulic brake for hoisting winch. Removed the brake cover and the pre-loaded cup springs found oily and dirty. Removed the brake piston and piston seal and guide string found worn out. I removed the brake discs and checked one by one. Re-fitted the multi discs brake and renewed the piston seal and guide string of the brake piston. Greased the cup springs and re-fitted.
It was tough but with help of 2 person from crew I managed. On board was a good fitter, strong and handy guy which help me a lot

For the next crane again we face some problems.  I had to replace the luffing pump. The fittings for the new luffing pump were inappropriate. I learnt also, every time when order new pump it must be ordered also fittings for the pump in question. I received the fittings in other port and I was able to finish the job.

The job continued with the load test of the cranes in load testpresence of the DMV surveyor. The load test went good.

Next day I got a call from the superintendent, and he gave me another job.With my office approval I started the new job. I had to check the twin synchronization system for crane 2A and 2B. I found mess in electrical wiring.

Due to cargo operations, there was no sufficient time for twin troubleshooting. All electrical modifications will need to be checked and returned to normal configuration.

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This was the last job I had to do. In the end I was doing a good job and everybody was happy including myself.


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