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Pilot On Board - Engineers Duties

written by: sriram balu • edited by: KennethSleight • updated: 10/30/2009

Learn about the duties of a marine engineer when pilot arrives on board for departure from port

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    Departure Port Duties of an Engineer

    We have studied about state port pilots or ship pilots in our previous article and know that pilots are local experts who know the port/s they are handling like the back of their hand. We also saw what is meant by a pilot ladder and how it is used by pilots to board ship during arrival port. In this article we will take a look at the duties of a marine engineer, specifically in a situation when the pilot is about to come on board prior to port departure.

    This article would be very helpful especially for budding marine engineers who can know at a glance which all tasks need to be performed by them prior to pilot arrival.

    1. Start the standby auxiliary engine, synchronize it with the running machine and bring it online

    2. Give power to deck machinery such as windlass, mooring winch, crane and hatch covers

    3. Check the following:

    • Main engine sump level
    • Intermediate bearing oil level
    • Stern tube oil level in header tanks and gravity tanks high/low
    • Turbochargers
    • Generators
    • Cylinder oil daily tanks
    • Fuel oil /diesel oil service tanks
    • Fuel oil / diesel oil settling tanks
    • Expansion tank reading for main engine & auxiliary engines
    • Water level in the jacket cooling water expansion tank

    4. One hour before the pilot arrives do the control test (telegraph, steering test & trying out of main engine)

    5. Get propeller clearance from the duty officer and permission to turn and try out main engine on air & fuel

    6. If any main engine maintenance has been done during port stay, ensure all the tools are removed from place (crank case, cylinder head etc.). Check thoroughly that nothing is left inside the crank case

    7. Start lube oil pump, jacket cooling water pump and circulating pump

    8. Start circulating the lube oil and jacket cooling water

    9. Turn the main engine on turning gear at the same time lubricate the liners by hand cranking the cylinder lubricators

    10. Make sure that turning gear motor shows normal load on ammeter or clamp meter

    11. Drain the air system for removal of any water or oil in the lines

    12. Open the main air bottle and auto start/stop valve

    13. Disengage the turning gear, blow through the engine by air

    14. Start the booster pump of main engine and supply pump

    15. Close the indicator cocks and try out the engine on air and fuel on both direction

    16. Check all parameters of main engine and turbocharger .

    17. Emergency steering is tried out

    18. Check the lube oil level in the tanks

    19. Check the different alarms and their working condition (power failure alarm, low water level alarm, no load alarm)

    20. Synchronise the engine room clock ( if it is not centralized one ) with bridge clock

    21. Jacket cooling water preheating temperature is maintained

    22. Telegraph movements should be checked for various orders

    23. The control test carried out should be entered in the movement record book at the time of testing

    24. Main engine sump, service, settling and daily tank reading should be entered in the movement record book

    25. All loose gear to be lashed up and secured properly as a bad weather precaution

Marine Engineer Jobs in Engine Room

This series is the collection of jobs performed by the marine engineer on board the ship. These articles will give you the clear picture on duties of marine engineer, jobs to be carried out while sailing, and the responsibilities of each engineer in maintaining the engine room.
  1. Performance of Engine Room Watch
  2. What Is Saturday Routine On A Ship?
  3. Pilot On Board - Engineers Duties
  4. Control Tests on Ships Explained
  5. Duties After Pilot Departure