Institute Of Marine Engineers Hears Guest Speaker From BP Tanker Company, Ltd.

The Institute of Marine Engineers, Eastern U.S.A. Branch, held its first meeting of the 1978-79 season on October 31 at the Seamen's Church Institute in New York City.

Guest speaker for the occasion was W.R.O.

Mann, B.A., C.Eng., Fellow I.M.E. Mr. Mann is engineering superintendent for BP Tanker Company, Ltd., London, England.

He presented the paper titled "Condition Monitoring and Maintenance — Four Years Fleet Experience," authored by S. Speed, R.B. Smedley, and D.N. Loynes, all of whom are with BP Tanker Company, Ltd.

This paper describes a planned maintenance system using condition monitoring as the main method of determining when main- tenance should be done. A summary of four years' operating experience of this system, now used in 56 ships, is given, together with details of the equipment and methods used.

The authors conclude that the system has proved effective and has shown benefits in reduced maintenance manhours and spare gear usage, and outline the next steps in the development of the system.

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