Learn about the entries made in the engine room log book
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Record keeping is an important aspect of the life of a navigating officer as well as a marine engineer. There are various types of records which need to be maintained. From the perspective of the ship's engine room, the engineers need to keep a clear record of machinery parameters, running hours and several other things. This has been done traditionally using paper daily log books, although with the increasing use of computers on ships, these daily log books might be totally replaced with electronic log books, but currently these paper books are in popular use. Moreover, whatever be the media for recording, the prime importance is of noting down the relevant information at a place for future reference and retrieval as and when required.
Engine room log book is also an important document in case of accident and this gives the clear picture of the engine room working condition and the situation existed in the engine room. Normally this is filled in by the junior engineer of the ship.
In deck log book all the entries regarding navigation and charts are mentioned.
The official log book is only for the official entries made by only captain and chief engineer about the crew and their behaviour. In case of any discipline related problem is encountered with any crew, it will be recorded in this log book.
Turbo charger of auxiliary engine exhaust temperature
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Heavy oil service & settling tank readings
Diesel oil service & settling tank readings
Cylinder lube oil storage and Daily tank reading
Main engine crank case lube oil storage tank reading
Auxiliary engine crank case lube oil storage tank reading
Stern tube Gravity tank (high/low) tank readings
Stern tube aft & fwd seal tank level
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Engine Control Room
Most of the readings and entries shown above can also be taken from the ship's control room, although it is advisable to take local readings. Yet these readings can be compared to those of the remote indications. This will also give an idea about the variation in the two so that in case of any large deviations, necessary checks can be performed. Also in case of rush hours such as maneuvering, the engineers would know the actual readings if they are familiar with the deviations in control room and actual readings.