Windlass Escort Towing Winch
One issue I want to discuss: I received an issue regarding a hydraulic equipment Windlass Escort Towing Winch. It is a modification to add some valves in the system. This equipment is complex with lot of hydraulic component. The pipes and hydraulic lines fitted all over the vessel. The operation is difficult if not trained and the service of it is costly.
I received details, drawings that should be revised and agreed by the Manufacturer.
As I mentioned above, the office work is planning, analyzing, and giving a solution. I analyzed it. The hydraulic drawing of the equipment I have shown different than the one received. According to drawing, the modification was made in the shipyard, when the vessel was delivered.
As I know from my experience, during the vessel construction phase, in the shipyard there are a lot thing going on. It is possible the related modification to be postponed or canceled. Also, the modification is related with a full series of vessels so, it’s extremely costly and the Manufacturer is trustworthy and famous.
Now they want an answer, the modification was accepted/agreed.
My point of view on this hydraulic issue is… it cannot be solved or agreed from the office without knowing the real situation on site. The decision maker needs to have all information and check with his own eyes, the real status of the equipment involved in this case the hydraulic windlass escort towing winch.
In this situation, I would recommend a visit on site together with Manufacturer’s representative and check the real situation. Then, a meeting with all the parts involved and decide if the modification is needed it.