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Bearing cap cavitation on Wartsila engines

Bearing cap cavitation on Wartsila engines

As you might know, we’ve got multiple ex-Wartsila Senior Service Engineers on the Bartech team. And as a result, we’ve got some fascinating case studies showing how issues experienced on-site can be resolved or prevented on various engine types. During planned maintenance on one of the first Wartsila dual fuel 9L 50DF engines, our engineer came across a very unusual issue that – at the time – had never been recorded...

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Engine Idling Issues

Engine Idling Issues

We are currently overhauling a Napier MS90 turbocharger from a marine operator’s Mirrlees Blackstone engine. The engine has just over 12.5k hours on the clock and is in good condition, however, the turbo was on the radar as needing some attention. Once our engineers had removed it and sent it to the workshop, the overhaul started with the usual inspection, dismantle and clean. As part of the overhaul, we knew the labyrinth seals and...

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Generator failure

Generator failure

Just the other week we felt the pain caused when backup generators are called into action but fail! When our internet provider’s generators failed, Bartech (and I’m sure many more of their clients) were without online access for the whole day, and as we are more reliant than ever on remote working, our effectiveness suffered. Now some of us were able to use our phones to deal with urgent emails etc but this is not a situation you want to be in,...

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Tooling Solution

Tooling Solution

Following on from last week’s post about the damage caused by incorrect tooling, I thought it would be good to share one way of overcoming this type of problem. We’re currently in the process of overhauling some large conrods, but when we came to replace the small end bushes, the tool wasn’t available from the vessel or even the OEM. Thanks to our experience in major overhauls, our Senior Machinist was able to design and manufacture this tool...

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Unsalvageable Cat 3408 Engine

Unsalvageable Cat 3408 Engine

We’ve recently received two sets of critical CAT 3408 engine spares from an operator. Their previous service company advised them that they were either unsalvageable or out of spec & would require repairing – at an eye-watering high cost. Before taking this costly step, the operator decided to send the parts to us to inspect for a second opinion. The parts arrived at Bartech completely stripped & on multiple pallets. A lot of the parts...

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Seized turbocharger back on-line

Seized turbocharger back on-line

If you are reliant on “heritage” engine models, or those simply not made anymore, then chances are you will have experienced supply problems for ongoing maintenance or repairs. Sourcing of spares can usually be overcome with a bit of digging, but when it comes to major assemblies, it can be a lot more complicated, not to mention expensive! One of our clients found themselves in that position recently with two Sulzer LAG46 Turbochargers that had...

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Here to keep your critical engines running in 2 easy steps during COVID-19 outbreak

  1. Call 01206 645070 anytime to speak to an engineer to help you resolve issues yourself. This is a free service, intended to minimise downtime and stop the need for a visit
  2. If things cannot be resolved on the video call, our service engineering team are ready to attend your site. They are home based with stocked vehicles ready to deploy.

All our usual support is still available on the general number and email address

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