Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
MISSING THE CONVOY AT SUEZ DUE TO WINDLASS FAILURE
This happened on a newly delivered vessel. The anchor was getting heaved up and after heaving about 3 shackle lengths, windlass motor failed.Electrical officer was informed and on inspection it was found that in the electrical panel, condensers were burnt out. They were replaced by spares and the power was resumed.
But the delay caused us to miss the convoy.The fault was due to earthing of the windlass cable due to excessive moisture. Cables were secured properly to avoid such mishaps in the future.